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Tamil New Year Celebrations
11 May, 2018
Tamil New Year, the first day of the Tamil calendar, usually falls on the 14th of April. This is a very special day for the Tamil community as it is a day solely for celebrating the Tamil language, culture and heritage. In order to mark this festive day and to highlight its significance, the Tamil class at the VSL Point Cook centre hosted a celebration for the students on their last day of Term 1. It was a joy-filled day with lots of activities for the students to participate in. Many parents volunteered to help out on the day and this made the celebration much easier to conduct. Lots of traditional Tamil foods, prepared by parents, were also brought in on the day to share with everyone. Students were taught the traditional Tamil art of “Kolam”, i.e. drawings or patterns made, usually with rice flour, in front of Tamil houses every day - though they are drawn with extra care and detail during important and auspicious days. This is an ancient form of art that is still practiced by many women in Tamil Nadu and is something that must be passed through to the next generations. All the students enthusiastically participated in the activities organised and they also learnt some crucial aspects of Tamil culture in a fun and playful way. Moreover, the day was vital in emphasising to students the need to uphold their strong cultural values irrespective of where they are in the world.
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