Hundreds of Tamils have gathered in Mullivaikkal yard today to remember the massacre that took place 14 years ago.
A Tamil woman who had lost 13 of her relatives in Mullivaikkal in May 2009 lit a lamp to begin the commemoration event.
Flowers were then laid at a memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands of Tamils who were slaughtered by the Sri Lankan military offensive in the final days of the armed conflict.
Families of the victims also planted coconut saplings in memory of their loved ones.
Tribute was paid to Balachandran Prabhakaran, the 12 year old son of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, by re-enacting a photograph of him in Sri Lankan military custody before he was shot dead.
Nandikadal Remembrance: honouring lives lost in Mullivaikkal
Relatives of the victims who lost their lives in the final days of the war gathered in Nandikadal to remember their loved ones in a poignant remembrance ceremony. Activists lit a solemn fire and offered flowers as a tribute to those who perished in Mullivaikkal.
Following the commemorative gestures, a reverential pooja was conducted at the Watrapalai Amman Kovil, dedicated to the souls of those who tragically lost their lives in Mullivaikkal.
Addressing the media after the pooja, the head of the Mullaitivu District in Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi stated, "Nandikadal stands as a silent witness to the heart-wrenching conclusion of the Tamil people's rich history. Today, it is filled with tears shed by the bereaved relatives of those who were killed in Mullivaikkal."
The remembrance event in Nandikadal served as a reminder of the profound loss experienced by the Tamil community. It echoed the collective grief and unwavering determination to ensure that the lives lost are never forgotten.
A memorial service was also held at Cinnapar church in Mullivaikkal.
Members of the youth committee at St Lawrence’s church in Thalaimannar also held a memorial service where they laid flowers and served kanji in tribute to the victims of the Tamil genocide.