The IHC organized the “Puthandu Open House” on April 15 and 16, 2023, to celebrate the traditional Tamil New Year. The event was intended to mark the beginning of a new year and a fresh start for the Tamil community.

The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) celebrated the Tamil New Year with its “Puthandu Open House” on April 15 and 16, 2023, hosting an array of exciting activities for visitors of all ages. The event was designed to promote cultural exchange and appreciation for the Tamil community’s heritage and customs.

One of the main highlights of the event was the stunning candy-inspired art installation, Mithai BB by Mithra, located at the entrance of the IHC. The installation was inspired by flora and fungi and showcased colorful illustrations of various Indian sweets and snacks. Visitors were fascinated by the intricate artwork and the array of vibrant colors used to bring the illustrations to life.

Throughout the event, visitors could participate in a variety of exciting activities, such as a themed photobooth where they could capture their sweet memories, or a range of themed craft activities, including bookmark-making and magnet decoration of Indian tea kettles. These activities provided an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn more about Indian traditions and customs.

In addition to the craft activities and art installation, the Puthandu Open House featured live festive dance performances and storytelling sessions. The Tamil guided tours of the IHC’s galleries, which were part of the Tamil Language Festival 2023, were especially significant, providing an immersive experience for visitors to learn about the Tamil language, culture and heritage.

Admission to the IHC was free for all visitors during the event. The Puthandu Open House provided an excellent opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the Tamil culture and learn more about the rich heritage and traditions of the Tamil community. It was an event that fostered cultural exchange and appreciation, creating a welcoming environment where people from different backgrounds could come together and celebrate the Tamil New Year.

Sourced from Indian Heritage Centre site