Sharjah Malayali Samajam (SMS) is a non-profit, non-political, cultural organization of people from the state of Kerala, one of the southern state of India. SMS established during the year 2006 in the emirate of Sharjah with a small group of 36 members. It has grown upto the level of over 300 members and their families residing in Sharjah and its surrounding Emirates. Now SMS has Sharjah Malayali Vanitha Samajam which has over 150 members and Sharjah Malayali Bala Samajam which has over 170 children below 18 years of age, as sister concerned organizations under its belt.
SMS is an organization catering social, cultural and charity events, helping the needy in the society.
The main activities of SMS include cultural programs, family get-togethers, picnics, celebrating major festivals of Kerala, Malayalam study classes, Talent competitions, Sports meets, Medical Camps, Charity initiatives etc
Kerala in Brief
Kerala is a small state constituted in 1956 in the south western part of India which borders Tamilnadu, Karnataka, the Arabian Sea in the western ghats and the Indian Ocean. It has an area of about 15000 square miles.
The word Kerala is found from 'Kera'(coconut widely abundant in the state). The official language is Malayalam and people from the state are widely known as a 'Malayali'. Kerala has 14 districts and capital of the state was Thiruvanathapuram. Kerala has a legislative assembly of 140 members elected from that many constituencies. The state sends 29 members to the Indian Parliament, 9 to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and 20 members to the Lok Sabha (lower house). Major religions followed in the state are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
Keralites have migrated in large numbers in search of employment to several countries in Middle East, Europe, Africa, West Asia and America. The professionals from Kerala are mostly wanted in these countries in the field of Medicine, Science, Information Technology, Telecom, Engineering, Education and other Technical fields.
A good saying about a Malayali is that even if you go upto moon you will find a Malayali over there. Wherever Malayali's live no matter they still have a special love and passion towards their home land and to have a tendency to celebrate their traditional festivals. Festivals like Vishu, Onam, Eid ul Fitr, Eid Al Adha, Easter, Christmas etc. are few among them. ONAM is a unique festival of Kerala.
Kerala is affectionately called as 'Gods Own Country'