Mayor Frank Scarpitti and members of Markham Council were joined by the Honourable Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council to participate in this special ceremony at the Markham Civic Centre.
The Friendship Agreement was signed in conjunction with Thai Pongal, a 2000-year-old tradition in which Tamils give thanks for the bountiful harvest.
Thai Pongal is similar to Canadian Thanksgiving, but lasts four days in January. This was the sixth year the City of Markham has celebrated the event.
“Families come together to celebrate this important day for the Tamils,” said Kamlesh Oberoi.
There are over 30,000 people of Tamil origin living in the City of Markham and Logan Kanapathi, who serves as councilor in the City of Markham is the first Tamil immigrant elected to a municipal council in Canada.
“Markham is the most diverse municipality in Canada, and our Tamil community has made invaluable contributions to our city’s growth and prosperity,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We have strong economic and cultural connections with the Tamil community across Canada and South Asia. This agreement signals Markham’s continued commitment to the Tamil community and the pursuit of economic and cultural development for both Markham and Mullaitivu.”
The City of Markham is home to over 400 corporate head offices and 1,000 high tech and life science companies.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca