The residents of St. James Town came together to celebrate the South Asian New Year on the 26th of April 2019. Bihu, Baisakhi, Vishu, Bisket Jatra, Sankranthi, Puthuandu, Aluth Avuruda, Thignyan, Pi Mai are some of the names under which new year is celebrated in South Asia. Unlike the Georgian calendar, South Asian calendars follow Sun’s movement with respect to the stars. South Asian new year is celebrated when the Sun enters the Aries constellation. More than 80 participants including residents, staff, volunteers from SJT community attended the event.
Nalini Pandalangat, Director, Newcomer Health, Sherbourne Health welcomed the residents. The event began with participants observing a 2 minute silence to remember and acknowledge those who lost their lives in the recent bombings in Sri Lanka.
This was followed by community members sharing their thoughts and wishes and how they celebrate the new year in Canada
As part of the cultural performances, Tamil rendition by Nivedan (Left) amused the audience, followed by Trisha and Adiya’s (Centre) brilliant dance performance to Bollywood beats and Megha’s (Right) beautiful classical dance had the audience enthralled.
One of the main attractions of the event was the Henna Art by Swati & Kavita. Residents enjoyed having spectacular designs tattooed on their palms.
Unlike most events at The Corner, the food for the event was brought in by the community members. The idea to have a potluck dinner had residents tasting various South Asian dishes. This was a prelude to what to expect once the St. James Town Collective Catering is initiated.
A dedicated team of Residents, volunteers, ambassadors and The Corner staff worked behind the scenes to make the event a success.