Memorial ceremonies took place across the North-East in homes, churches, universities, temples and at desecrated Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil (LTTE) cemetery sites. Some held events in public whilst others held events privately despite police threats of arrest across the North-East.
Parliamentarians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) commemorated Maaveerar Naal on Friday in a ceremony at the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kathchi (ITAK) offices in Martin Road, Jaffna, TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah led commemorations, as party members gathered to remember lives lost in the Tamil struggle. With the party offices decorated in red and yellow, the Tamil national colours, members lit deepams and held a moment of silence.
Northern Provincial Council Member T Ravikaran marked Maaveerar Naal in Mullaitivu on Friday, joining other commemoration events that took place across the North-East. Mr Ravikaran lit a flame in memory of those who had sacrificed their lives. Students at Jaffna University also marked Maaveerar Naal by lighting a commemorative flame.
People had come together on a beach in Mullaitivu to light a commemorative flame at 18.05, a Maaveerar Naal tradition observed in tribute to the exact time of the death of the first LTTE cadre, Lt Shankar. Youths had gathered in Manipay and at the former site of a cemetery in Puthukudiruppu to commemorate Maaveerar Naal. Maaveerar Naal was commemorated in the grounds of a Temple in Vavuniya and in Kilinochchi.Members of the Northern Provincial Council and Tamil families in Mannar had convened at the local church to commemorate Maaveerar Naal
Maaveerar Naal was also commemorated in secret in Ampara and at Thuraineelavanai in Batticaloa.
The Tamil National People’s Front commemorated Maaveerar Naal at an event in Jaffna with a remembrance flame lit at 18:05 with members of the party, including General Secretary Selvarajah Kajendran, participating in the event.
Tamils living in France, Strasbourg Switzerland, Canada and Doha, Qatar also commemorated Maaveerar Naal.