ERODE: Pongal 2007 was sweeter for the 1,000-odd handloom weavers in the bedspread town of Chennimalai.
For, the weavers, for the first time, got together to celebrate Pongal.
1,010 families attend
"We brought together the 1,010 handloom weaver families at the Chennimalai Handloom Weavers' Colony on January 16 to celebrate the festival as Samathuva Pongal without any class or caste distinction," said R. Murugesan, Assistant Director, Handlooms Department.
On behalf of the department, competitions were held for the young and the aged to foster unity, he said.
Later in the evening, the residents came together to prepare pots of pongal in front of the temple. He then distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions.