The annual Indian festival of Pongal is a harvest and thanksgiving festival that marks the arrival of spring and brings the community as one during the auspicious month of Thai.


Pongal Celebration 2018 is jointly organised by Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA) in collaboration with Indian Heritage Centre.


Look out for an exciting line-up of activities such as folk performances, craft workshops, cooking master classes, kolam competition, mini animal farm, and many more awaiting you in the Little India precinct!


For programmes marked with an asterisk (*), kindly register at ihc-programmes.peatix.com 




Pongal Cooking Masterclass*

6 & 7 Jan 2018, 11am - 1pm

Indian Heritage Centre Activity Room

Learn about the various types of Pongal dishes in this cooking demonstration by a celebrity chef. Register at ihc-programmes.peatix.com.


Palm Leaf Craft Workshop*

6, 7, 13 & 14 Jan 2018, 2pm - 4pm

Indian Heritage Centre Activity Room

Join craftswoman Muthu Rajendran as she conducts a palm leaf craft workshop. This workshop is part of IHC's Special Exhibition 'Symbols and Scripts: The Language of Craft'. Register at ihc-programmes.peatix.com


Kottan Basketry Demonstration

8 - 17 Jan 2018

Indian Heritage Centre, Level 2

Observe how the traditional Kottan or Chettinad basket is made in this demonstration by craftswoman Muthu Rajendran from Tamil Nadu, India.


Pongal Open House

13 & 14 Jan, 10am - 4pm

Indian Heritage Centre

Enjoy free admission for all at our Pongal Open House and take part in the activities that await you!


Pongal Pot Painting

13 & 14 Jan 2018, 11am - 4pm

Indian Heritage Centre

Unleash your creativity and get in the festive spirit by decorating your very own Pongal pot. No registration required. (While stocks last)


Pulli Kolam Activity

13 & 14 Jan 2018, 11am - 4pm

Indian Heritage Centre

Get hands on experience in the art of Pulli Kolam making through this fun activity of creating geometrical patterns based on a grid of dots. No registration required. (While stocks last)


Little India Heritage Trail (Pongal edition)*

13 & 14 Jan 2018, 10am

Meeting Point: Indian Heritage Centre

In this festive edition of Little India Heritage Trail, gain a deeper perspective of the festival and the wider cultural precinct through a guided tour. Register at ihc-programmes.peatix.com


Silambam Showcase

14 Jan 2018, 11am - 1pm

Indian Heritage Centre

Catch an exciting display of the Indian martial arts called Silambam originating from Tamil Nadu, India.


Kolam Competition*

20 Jan 2018, 11am

Indian Heritage Centre

Calling all creative talents! Come in groups of four or five and showcase your artistic skills in this Kolam making competition. Register at ihc-programmes.peatix.com



Pongal Street Light-Up Ceremony

5 Jan 2018, 6.30pm

Campbell Lane

Little India comes alive when a multitude of fairy lights are turned on during the Pongal Light-Up Ceremony, welcoming the festival's celebrations! Do not miss the exciting fusion of cultural performances planned for the evening.


Pongal Indian Ethnic Cultural Nite

6 Jan 2018, 7pm

Campbell Lane

The celebrations continue as we bring you exhilarating dance performances, melodious songs and a fusion of cultural performances.


Pongal Festive Village

10 - 15 Jan 2018, 10am - 10pm

Campbell Lane

Check out the bustling bazaar filled with ethnic food, costumes and goodies!


Mini Animal Farm @ Heritage Carnival

12 - 20 Jan 2018, 10am - 8pm

Hastings Road

Experience a close encounter with cows, bulls, calves and goats! Snap a picture with them and learn their significance during the Pongal festival.


Pongal Kondattam

12 - 20 Jan 2018, 6.30pm - 10pm

Campbell Lane

Catch exhilarating dance performances, melodious songs and a fusion of cultural performances as we celebrate Pongal festival.


Suriya Pongal (Pongal Sharing)

14 Jan 2018, 4.30pm

Hastings Road

Join us in the festivities as we come together as a community to prepare Pongal in a big earthen pot.


Mattu Pongal Celebrations - Honoring of the Cattle

15 Jan 2018, 4pm

Hastings Road

View the special honoring of the cattle in the mini animal farm!


Pongal Distribution

14 & 15 Jan 2018, 6pm

Campbell Lane

Savour the sweet taste of Pongal authentically cooked and distributed to all at the festival village.


Pongal Heritage Experience

16 - 19 Jan 2018, 10am - 4pm

Campbell Lane & Hastings Road

Discover the traditions and cultures of Pongal through pongal making, kolam drawing, saree tying and many other activities! Register at events@lisha.org.sg or call 63922246 to book your slots.


Mass Pongal

20 Jan 2018, 11am

Campbell Lane

Take part as a family or a group of 4 to cook authentic Pongal with the provided ingredients - stand to win attractive prizes! Register at events@lisha.org.sg or call 63922246 to book your slots.









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