No, This Is Not a Video of Rishi Sunak’s Staff Celebrating Pongal In the UK

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By Hazel Gandhi Several news outlets including The Indian Express, India Today, and Latestly have published reports about a staff lunch organised by UK PM Rishi Sunak on the occasion of Pongal on January 15, 2023. However, BOOM found that the video is actually from Waterloo, Canada, where a Pongal feast was organised by the Tamil Cultural Association. Pongal, also known as Thai Pongal, is a Hindu harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians in India and Sri Lanka. The video shows a few police officers and other people enjoying a Pongal feast in what looks like a community hall. The viral tweet was…

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