A hundred years ago October 18, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (October 18, 1919): The Khalifat Day.

The Khalifat Day was celebrated yesterday with great enthusiasm by the Mahomedan citizens of Madras with whom the Hindu citizens heartily co-operated. The Mahomedans observed that day as a fasting day. In addition to that shops of every description in the city conducted by Mahomedans and Hindus were closed — the cloth bazar, the vegetable and meat markets, rice mundies, provision stores, metalware shops, hotels and restaurants. People even from distant parts of Perambur and Saidapet began to arrive at the Beach long before the appointed time for meeting. The Mahomedans came in batches of a hundred and two hundreds singing religious songs. The extensive ground of the Beach was illuminated with numerous Washington lights from a line opposite the Engineering College to the line opposite the Pycrofts’s Road. The gathering of the Mahomedans and the Hindus was immense and was never before witnessed except on the Satyagraha Day. The crowd in spite of its immensity was perfectly orderly. There was no interference from Police. Roughly put, two thirds of the assembly were Mahomedans and one third Hindus.

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