The Tamil and Bengali New Year falls on April 14, and it is a tradition to have specially made sweets to welcome the New Year.
The Inter-Agency Taskforce from the Singapore government has teamed up with the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) to distribute festive goodies to foreign workers, to provide some comfort during this difficult period.
A total of 123,000 traditional Indian sweets – including laddu, mysore pauk, paal gova, – were prepared by 24 Hindu Temples. These were distributed to foreign workers across 22 locations, regardless of race.
This is a first of its kind effort by the HEB, bringing temples together to produce traditional sweets on this scale, the Ministry of Manpower said in a press statement.
The Taskforce also provided the workers with fast food treats to celebrate the occasion, distributing over 90,000 meals from KFC, including vegetarian pizza, in addition to their daily meals.
Here are some snippets from the initiative: