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...

Thai Pongal marked with festivities in East

Residents in Batticaloa and Trinco took part in festivities this month celebrating the Tamil festival of Thai Pongal.

UK MPs and British Tamils celebrate Thai Pongal in Parliament

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...

Canada Prime Minister celebrates Thai Pongal with Tamil community in Toronto

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, celebrated Thai Pongal with the Tamil community at an event in Toronto on Tuesday.

Crowds in awe at Valvettithurai Thai Pongal kite show

Residents and kite enthusiasts gathered at Valvettithurai Uthayasooriyan coast on Sunday to enjoy the Thai Pongal kite competition.

Tamils worldwide celebrate Thai Pongal

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.

Karthikai Deepam - the ancient Tamil festival of lights

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...

Tamil Canadians host 7th annual Kilithattu tournament

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.

Eid-al-Adha celebrated in North-East

Muslims across the North-East celebrated Eid-al-Adha on Friday and Saturday.