The Tamil festival of lights known as Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai Villakkeedu was celebrated in the North-East this weekend. The festival falls each year on the full moon night of the Tamil month of karthikai and celebrates the creation of the Tamil god Murugan. In some previous years in the Tamil homeland, the proximity of the festival's date to Maaveerar Naal saw a military crackdown on observances such as lighting lamps and tolling bells at temples. Some of the earliest references to the festival, which is also celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, are found in Sangam era literature...
Photographs: TYO Canada The Tamil Youth Organization – Canada hosted the 7 th annual Kilithattu tournament Canada in partnership with the Canadian Tamil Sports Association in Toronto last month, bringing together crowds from across generations to take part in the national game of Tamil Eelam.
Young Tamil artists from across Europe last month remembered the 1983 pogrom against the Tamils, Black July with an exhibition at the City University in London. The exhibition, which was organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, featured artists from the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark.
Photographs: Mayurappriyan for Tamil Guardian The annual chariot festival, therthiruvizha, of the historic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil attracted thousands of devotees to Jaffna on Sunday. The most popular fixture of the month-long thiruvizha or annual festival, the chariot festival sees the Tamil-Saivite deity Murugan paraded through the streets of Nallur. Thousands of devotees from across the Tamil homeland and diaspora, as well as tourists, flock to Jaffna for the annual festival.
The Nallur Kandasamy Kovil's annual Thiruvizha officially commenced on Friday with the inaugural flag-raising ceremony. The historic temple's festival will last 25 days and traditionally sees thousands flock to Jaffna from across the Tamil homeland as well as around the world.
Preparations are underway for the historic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil’s annual Thiruvizha which will commence tomorrow with the inaugural flag raising ceremony. Today the temple held 'kodicheelai kaiyalippu', the traditional handing over of the flag silk, with a procession and poosai to bless the flag.
Tamil schools in Denmark celebrated their students’ sporting achievements with their annual sports festival last week.
British Tamil students discussed Tamil identity and the experience of growing up Tamil at a panel event hosted by student groups in London.