Special Correspondent

NAGAPATTINAM: Fishermen of Tranquebar coastal hamlet in Nagapattinam district celebrated `Pongal' in a novel way this year.

After worshipping the Sun God, they prayed for a good catch throughout the year. It was then that a group of youngsters had an idea of immediately venturing into the sea to try their luck.

As many as 30 persons, all below 25 years of age, ventured into the sea for about four to five km on 10 new fiberglass boats in different directions. To their surprise, all of them returned with 30 to 40 kg of fish per boat within four hours. They distributed the fish to all the families in the village and celebrated.