Thai Pongal was celebrated with UK MPs and British Tamils at the Houses of Parliament last week. Cultural performances accompanied words of support from British MPs from all three major parties at the event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils and the British Tamils Forum. The Thai Pongal day greeting of UK Prime Minister Theresa May was played at the event, and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn also sent in a message to be read out. The event saw Parliament’s Jubilee Room packed out with members of the Tamil community spanning generations, and was supported by British Tamil...
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, celebrated Thai Pongal with the Tamil community at an event in Toronto on Tuesday.
Residents and kite enthusiasts gathered at Valvettithurai Uthayasooriyan coast on Sunday to enjoy the Thai Pongal kite competition.
Tamils across the world celebrate Thai Pongal today, at the beginning of the Tamil month of 'Thai' Our warmest Thai Pongal wishes to Tamils everywhere. உலகெங்கும் பரந்து வாழும் தமிழர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் தமிழர் திருநாளாம் தைப்பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துகள்.
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.