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January is Tamil Heritage Month at the TDSB

Friday, December 29, 2017
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

The TDSB is celebrating Tamil Heritage Month and this year’s theme is Pillars of our Past; Shaping the Path Ahead.  

To explore this theme, students across the system are invited to learn about the rich culture of the Tamil heritage and how their ancestry can shape their future. Through essays, original artwork and public speaking contests, students across the TDSB shared how the narratives and history of our cultural past shape our identity as Canadians today.

In October 2016, the House of Commons voted unanimously to recognize every January as Tamil Heritage Month.  January was chosen as it coincides with one of the most important celebrations for Canadians of Tamil heritage, the Thai Pongal Harvest Festival.  Over 75 million Tamil people around the world irrespective of their religion celebrate Thai Pongal. This celebration offers thanks to the sun and cattle for an abundant harvest. 

In 2014, the Government of Ontario, with full consent, passed legislation proclaiming January as Tamil Heritage Month. TDSB proudly marked Tamil Heritage Month for the first time in 2016. 

Tamil Heritage Month

Join us at TDSB Tamil Heritage Month Events

Tamil Heritage Month Launch
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
4:30 pm – 6 pm
Toronto District School Board  
140 Borough Drive, Scarborough
Meeting Room 3 /4

Tamil Heritage Month Celebration Event 
Saturday, 27 January 2018
9 am – 3:30 p.m.
Woburn Collegiate Institute
2222 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough
 

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