Prepare to be mesmerized by the luminous beauty of Kerala’s cultural heritage as Ottawa gears up for the annual extravaganza of ‘Onam in the Canadian Parliament’. On September 20th, a glorious fusion of colors, traditions, and unity will grace the iconic Parliament Hill from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. This second edition of the event is a testament to the deepening connection between Kerala’s culture and the Canadian landscape.
Guided by the Indo-Canadian Council for Arts and Culture, the event unfolds within the elegant embrace of the Sir John A. Macdonald Building. At the forefront of this celebration is Parliament Member Michael Barrett, personifying the camaraderie that ‘Onam in Parliament’ embodies.
From the vast expanse of Canada, representatives from a myriad of Malayali organizations are poised to grace the event. Their collective enthusiasm, a tribute to the event’s significance, forms a rich tapestry of voices resonating with Kerala’s cultural legacy. Over a hundred participants from every corner of the nation are expected to immerse themselves in this kaleidoscope of cultural expressions.
Traditional dances such as the graceful Kaikottikali, the spirited Pulikali, and the elegant Thiruvathira will fill the air with their melodies, encapsulating the essence of Kerala’s cultural narrative. As the sun sets over Parliament Hill, these performances will cast a luminous glow, weaving a vibrant tapestry of tradition and unity.
Distinguished figure Pierre Poilievre from the Canadian political sphere will grace the event as Chief Guest, symbolizing the event’s significance in Canada’s political discourse. Ministers, Members of Parliament, and notable individuals from the Indian community in Canada will come together, bridging cultural heritage with the nation’s political fabric.
Behind the scenes, orchestrators ensure every note resonates to perfection. Biju George, Chairman, Ram Mathilakath, Convenor, Rekha Sudheesh, Event Coordinator, and co-chairs Satish Gopalan and Tomy Kokkat, alongside Sudhesh Panikar, Hospitality Operations Coordinator, and Praven Varkey, Community Outreach Coordinator, infuse passion into every detail. Their dedication ensures the event is more than a gathering; it’s a harmonious blend of tradition, unity, and grandeur.
Last year’s triumphant echoes continue to resound as Chairman Biju George anticipates festivities that promise to exceed expectations. With open registrations for all seeking to be part of this remarkable event, the spirit of unity stretches wide.
In collaboration with 73 dynamic Malayali associations and bolstered by the backing of 23 dedicated media advocates, the event gains profound resonance. This unity magnifies the celebration’s cultural impact, creating a vibrant tapestry of traditions and values, embracing diversity, and fostering community togetherness.
The celebration isn’t just about revelry; it’s about making a difference. Sponsor proceeds will be directed to the Heart Institute and Royal Ottawa Hospital, exemplifying the altruism within this vibrant community.
Registration is free for those who wish to attend, opening doors for everyone to join. This event doesn’t just celebrate heritage; it embraces the value of giving back to the community.
For those journeying from the Greater Toronto Area, special buses from Mississauga ensure accessibility and convenience. The event highlights a poignant video showcasing the participation of Malayali organizations, a testament to the unity defining the community.
The stage is set for an enchanting evening where the hues of tradition and melodies of unity dance in perfect harmony. ‘Onam in Parliament’ transcends being an event; it’s a cultural journey, a celebration of unity, and a tribute to Kerala’s timeless traditions. As enchantment unfolds against Canada’s political heart, the invitation is to embrace the magic and be part of a symphony resonating across continents. Experience the power of culture to transcend boundaries and forge lasting bonds.
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