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.

Young Tamil artists remember Black July with exhibition at City Uni

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.

Nallur chariot festival attracts thousands to Jaffna

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.