The local Tamil community is celebrating Tamil Heritage Month.
The Sivan Temple in North Gower hosted an event Jan. 14 to celebrate Pongal, which is the Tamil harvest festival.
Events will continue this weekend as the Ottawa Tamil Association (OTA) will be hosting a formal dinner . The Tamil Heritage Month Gala of Canadian Tamils 2023 in Ottawa takes place Sun., Jan. 29 with a reception from 4-6 p.m.with dinner from 6-8 p.m.
The dinner will focus on sharing the Tamil Canadian community achievements, an appreciation for Tamil Heritage Month, reunion and Human Rights.
This year Tamil Heritage Month closing ceremony will take place at this Gala at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa.
About 250 guests are expected to attend the dinner. Please contact OTA or one of the members to get more details. Tickets are limited! To purchase tickets, https://ota_gala_2023.eventbrite.com or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamil Heritage Month is officially recognized by the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 2014, and is celebrated every January.
Tamil Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate Tamil culture and traditions, as well as the community’s resilience and incredible contributions to Ontario’s success.
Today, Ontario is proud to be home to one of the largest Tamil communities outside Southeast Asia. For years, members of the Tamil community fled injustice, human rights abuses, and genocide. Today, Ontario continues to stand together with Tamils against all forms of violence and adversity.
Last year, Ontario became one of the first jurisdictions in the world to recognize the Tamil Genocide, In 2018, Ontario’s first two Tamil Canadian MPPs, Vijay Thanigasalam and Logan Kanapathi, were elected.
Featured image: The Sivan Temple in North Gower hosted an event Jan. 14 to celebrate Pongal, which is the Tamil harvest festival.