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...

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.