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Ambassador Garcetti Dons Veshti, Celebrates Pongal


Ambassador Garcetti Dons Veshti, Celebrates Pongal

India-West Staff Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC  – The popular U.S. ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti celebrated Pongal dressed in a veshti. He participated in several cultural events like making the Pongal – a traditional rice dish that is integral to the celebrations — and playing a game of tug of war.

“Pongalo, Pongal! What an unforgettable moment it was! I was thrilled to participate in this year’s Pongal festivities with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai team. Happy Pongal from us to you!” Garcetti posted, long with a video of the celebrations.

“This harvest season I wish you a lifetime of good health, continued prosperity, and unfiltered joy. A happy Pongal to you and your family,” he said.

Garcetti has won hearts since his arrival in India, with his openness and willingness to participate in Indian festivals and culture. He has danced to Bollywood numbers and celebrated other festivals like Durga Puja and Diwali. 

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