Search

Tamil community light up streets of Manor Park

10:23 15 January 2013

A dancer performs the Dummy Horse Dance as the Tamil Indian community celebrates the International Tamil Day with the annual lights switch on.

A dancer performs the Dummy Horse Dance as the Tamil Indian community celebrates the International Tamil Day with the annual lights switch on.

Archant

The streets of Manor Park burst into colour yesterday as communities came together to mark International Tamil Day.

The street is lit up as the Tamil Indian community in Manor Park celebrates the annual lights swith on.The street is lit up as the Tamil Indian community in Manor Park celebrates the annual lights swith on.

Residents gathered on the corner of Wordsworth Avenue and High Street North to watch a lights switch on to celebrate the day - also known as Pongal, a four-day harvest festival to welcome in the New Year celebrated by Tamils from Nadu India, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Speeches were made by representatives from the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities as well as young people and local businesses followed by a street party.

Cllr Paul Sathianesan said: “We Tamils around the world as Hindus, Christians, and Muslims, united together beyond our differences in religion, cast and politics to celebrate Pongal as our heritage and International Tamil Day.

“This year lights will be for ‘Peace around the World’.

“Newham is the promised land for many diverse communities from around the world, which recognise and celebrate the different culture, food, music and festivals.

“I am proud to see many communities coming together to celebrate this in style.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00
The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales (centre) with Cllrs Obaid Khan, left, and Unmesh Desai, and children from Community Links' after school club in Rokeby Street, Stratford.

The Mayor of Newham has pledged his support to the Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal, handing over a donation to some of the youngsters supported by the charity.

Robin
Fri, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Fri, 15:39
Egita Galvona has set up a sewing class workshop in Stratford

A clothes-making mum has set up her own sewing workshop to give others the freedom to create their own threads.

Newham College
Fri, 12:00
The Scrabble Champions tournament is taking place at the ExCel

For many people, Scrabble is a game that only gets played with the family when you’re full of roast turkey and trimmings.

London

Most read news

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition