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.

Stories of Mullivaikkal released by Adayaalam in Jaffna

Stories of Mullivaikkal, a collection of stories showcasing the individual strength and resilience of survivors of the final phases of the war, was released by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research on Tuesday. The book launch which took place at the Jaffna Public Library began with the lighting of lamps, to commemorate the victims of Mullivaikkal. Adayaalam’s Research Director, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, and Senior Researcher, Anushani Alagarajah, introduced the stories, part of the organisation’s wider ‘Stories of Resilience’ project. “This series presents alternative narratives from...

Valvettithurai Amman temple holds annual festival

The Sri Muthumari Amman temple in Valvettithurai held its annual festival this week, with music and dance events to celebrate. Nadhaswaram and thavil play the famous Black Tiger LTTE song 'Karumpulikal Enna Naangal'.

Nallur Kandasamy Kovil sees in the Tamil New Year

Worshippers in Jaffna gathered at the Nallur Kandasamy Kovil for Tamil (sometimes described as Tamil Hindu) New Year this morning.

Tamil Christians mark Good Friday

Tamil Christians across the North-East marked Good Friday yesterday as Easter Weekend gets underway around the world. Good Friday, known as பெரிய வெள்ளி or ‘Great Friday’ in Tamil commemorates the crucifixion of Christ and his death at Mount Calvary. Churches in the North-East mark the day with a procession reconstructing the Way of the Cross - the path Jesus took on his way to crucifixion. Photographs: St James' Church, Gurunagar - Jaffna (above); Our Lady of St. Victory's Church, Pesalai - Mannar (below).

Thamilachi Power draws crowd at International Women’s Day march in Toronto

Photo: Aphiraa Gowry By Yalini Rajakulasingam (Member of Thamilachi Power Organizing Team) On Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 women from across the Greater Toronto Area marched together in Downtown, Toronto, to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD is recognized worldwide each year on March 8th to mark the victories and struggles of the women’s rights movement. IWD recognizes and celebrates the achievements women have made in the fight for human rights, equity, environmental justice, economic justice and social justice. IWD is also the opportunity for us to remember and honour sisters we...