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Foreign tourists enjoy Pongal festival the traditional way

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Oriental joy:A foreign tourist enjoying the Pongal celebrations in Thanjavur on Wednesday. Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
Oriental joy:A foreign tourist enjoying the Pongal celebrations in Thanjavur on Wednesday. Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

Manojipatti village near here was a hub of activity on Wednesday.

It was celebration time with foreigners also participating in the Pongal festival organised by the State Tourism department. Women drew ‘rangolis’ of various themes and colours, while foreigners joined women of the village in cooking Pongal.

Much to the delight of foreigners – about 150 of them from United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, United States of America and Italy – they were taken in bullock carts from Upparigai mandapam to the Muthumariamman temple, venue of the festival. They were given a traditional welcome by Collector K. Baskaran.

The foreigners joined children and women in dancing, singing and other such festivities. Mr.Shuldze from Germany said, “I am so happy to see the rich culture and tradition of Tamil Nadu. It is colourful and enchanting.”

James Stephen from France echoed his thoughts. Uriyadi and put making was demonstrated for the foreigners. Folk dances were performed. Karagam, Poikkal Kuthirai, Mayilattam, are the items performed. There were performances by troupes from Kerala and Karnataka.

MLAs M. Rangasamy, M. Rathnasamy, Duraikannu, S. Suresh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, R. Ramamoorthy, Tourist Officer, participated in the function. The function was organised by the district administration and south zone cultural centre.

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