Last month, on May 14, the Tamil community in Milpitas gathered together for a festive celebration to welcome in the Tamil New Year.
The event, known as “Chittirai Kondattam,” was a huge success, complete with food, music, dance, games, and an art competition. The community also combined a Mother’s Day celebration with the festivities.
“The team of 10-plus people put in months of planning and preparation, and it really paid off. The event was well-attended, with over 220 people in attendance. The atmosphere was festive and positive, and everyone seemed to be having a great time,” shared Sudarshan Kandaswamy, one of the volunteers on the event organizing team.
Alagarasan Chinnadurai, the creator of the volunteer group, saw the event as an opportunity to celebrate Tamil language, tradition, and culture. He also feels that it served as a symbol of the togetherness of the Tamil community:
“Now that a like-minded group has been established, we will continue to explore and do social services for the neighborhood and community, like bringing a Tamil School, planting trees in and around Milpitas, and exploring other social service activities in the neighborhood.”
Tamil is one of the oldest languages in the world. It originates from Tamil Nadu, located in the southern part of India. Families in Milpitas who speak this ancient and vibrant language have found true community in sharing and celebrating their rich culture with one another. More events and projects are planned for the near future.