Nallur flag blessed in preparation for annual Thiruvizha

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.

Chariot festival at Nainai Nagapoosani Amman Kovil

The Nagapoosani Amman Kovil in Nainathivu celebrated its annual chariot festival on Saturday.

Malathy Tamil Academies of Denmark celebrate student sporting achievements

Tamil schools in Denmark celebrated their students’ sporting achievements with their annual sports festival last week.

Tamil identity under the spotlight at student event featuring M.I.A.

British Tamil students discussed Tamil identity and the experience of growing up Tamil at a panel event hosted by student groups in London.

ANBU video launch opens up conversation on childhood sexual abuse

A video series and publication supporting those impacted by childhood sexual abuse (CSA) within the Tamil community was released by Toronto-based non-profit organization Abuse Never Becomes Us (A.N.B.U.). The publication showcases the lived experiences of five individuals that were impacted by CSA. One contributor writes, “What I want is for you to believe me. Believe me when I say something horrible happened to me as a child. I want you to hear how these events have affected me and to take them seriously. I want you to know that my story is not a rare one. So many people in the Tamil...

Ealing Amman festival attracts thousands

Over 10,000 devotees filled the streets of West Ealing as Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple (SKTAT) held their annual ther (chariot) festival. Every year the event is attended by members of the Tamil community all over London, as well as from overseas but also attracts many visitors of other cultures and faiths. Three chariots, each holding the deities Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman, Pillayar and Murugan left the temple early in the morning being pulled by eager devotees. The moving chariots were accompanied by pilgrims showing their devotion in many ways: many carried paal kudams (pots of milk)...

Pungudutivu: A Disintegrating Island

A documentary examining how life on an islet in the Tamil North-East has been crumbling in recent decades was screened in London last month, by the Puńgudutīvu Welfare Association (PWA).

A poet's fearless death

Puthuvai Ratnathurai is an Eelam Tamil Revoluntary Poet. He was in charge of the Tamil Eelam Arts and Cultural Guild. Mr Rathnathuai was last seen in the custody of the Sri Lankan military on 18 May 2009 in Mullivaikkal and to date his fate is not known. He has written hundreds of poems. Here we publish just one such poem, originally written in Tamil and translated into English by the late Chelva Kanaganayakam.

American Tamils raise awareness of breast cancer in community

The Tennessee Tamil Sangam held an event last month to raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the importance of early detection.