'Who are we?' - Tamil identity in the diaspora discussed at British university

Politics, culture, religion and caste were the topics of discussion at an event held at SOAS University of London last month, as British Tamils gathered to discuss Tamil identity in the diaspora. As part of the discussion - entitled ‘Diasporic identity: Who are we?’ – panellists discussed a variety of topics related to how the British Tamil community and identity has been formed and grown. Vithujan Arumugam highlighted the intransigent nature of the caste system and iterated the normality of casteism, especially when it comes to relations and marriage – a topic that many in the community felt...

Tamils celebrate Karthikai vilakkeedu - festival of lights

The Tamil festival of lights known as Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai Vilakkeedu was celebrated by Eelam Tamils on Friday. The festival falls each year on the full moon night of the Tamil month of karthikai (November). Origin stories behind the festival vary regionally, although one reason is to celebrate the birth of the Tamil god Murugan.

25th annual Black Tigers memorial tournament held in Denmark

The annual Black Tigers memorial tournament was held in Grindsted, Denmark in August, marking 25 years since the tournament started. Tamil football teams from across Europe compete in the tournament to commemorate Karumpuli Naal , the day of remembrance for fallen cadres of the LTTE's elite Black Tiger wing.

Thousands at Nallur's annual chariot festival

Jaffna's iconic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil saw thousands attend its annual chariot festival, ther thiruvizha, on Saturday.

M.I.A. documentary to preview at British Film Institute with artist Q+A

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., the critically acclaimed documentary based on 22 years of archival footage from the career and personal life of international star M.I.A. will be screened at the British Film Institute next month.

Nallur temple annual festival commences with flag raising

The annual festival, Thiruvizha, of the iconic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil in Jaffna commenced on Thursday with the ceremony for hoisting of the deity's flag. The 25 day long festival annually sees thousands of Saivite devotees and tourists from across the island as well as the Tamil diaspora flock to Jaffna, with the main event, the chariot festival or ther thiruvizha, scheduled for September 8.

Aadivel celebrated in Jaffna

The festival of Aadivel was celebrated in Paala Kathirkaamam in Jaffna on Wednesday with street parades, fire dancers and decorated floats. The parade, which began at the weekend, travelled around Jaffna town, finishing at the temple on August 1.

Markham opens Vanni Avenue to honour city's Tamil community

Vanni Avenue, a street name dedicated to Markham’s Tamil community was declared open by the city’s mayor on Saturday. The name was chosen to remember the historic Tamil king Pandara Vannian and the traditional Vanni region of Tamil Eelam, a Tamil cultural and historical heartland, as well as to strengthen the friendship agreement between Markham and Mullaitivu, which traditionally falls under the region.

Quebec Tamils celebrate NSSC Mega Blast Sports Festival

The New Star Sports Club (NSSC Montreal) hosted their 4th Annual Mega Blast and Sports Festival on Saturday July 7th, 2018 at Parc Saint Maxime in Laval, Canada. In collaboration with Tamil One TV​, the Trinco Association of Montreal and NSSC Montreal​ held a day full of various activities for all ages, including a volleyball tournament, inflatable game and tug of war competition amidst many more.

Tamil Eelam lose to highly rated Barawa in CONIFA opener

A highly rated Barawa team managed to beat Tamil Eelam in their opening match of the 2018 CONIFA World Cup campaign in London this week. The opening game of the tournament, the match highly anticipated match was a great spectacle, with supporters of both sides in the crowd. To add to the occasion, the game was officiated by former Euro 2016 and Champions League Final referee, Mark Clattenburg, at the Bromley FC Stadium.