Samathuva Deepavali, an all community celebration of the festival of lights was celebrated on November 6 at Housing Board Phase-I in Tirupattur town.
Chairman Annadurai Memorial Foundation (CAMF) organized the event. The event has witnessed several people come together to celebrate the festival beyond their caste, religion and racial distinctions.
The major highlight of the Samathuva Deepavali was the cooking of “kootanchoru” the traditional Tamil way of community feast, cooked by members of the community. It was great fun as people joined in the cooking of “kootanchoru”, sweets and savories.
Besides tasty foods, the festival had also included varieties of cultural programmes like dancing, singing and other enthralling shows in which the general public participated in large numbers.
Mr Anna Arunagiri, secretary of the CAMF conceived the whole event.
Tirupattur sub-collector Mrs. S. Banu kick started the event by lighting the festival lamp. Mrs. Sneha, who obtained ‘no caste and no religion’ certificate officially from the government in Tirupathur district, Personal assistant (PA) to the Tirupathur district collector Mr. Wilson Rajasekar, State President of Tamil Nadu Urdu minorities development association P M Mohammed Samsudeen participated as the guest of honours.
The special invitees and the participants have placed their hand palms on the wall after they soaked it in the colour paints to symbolise that ‘everyone is equal’. They also later lit lamps at the ‘Samathuva tree’ to indicate that all caste and religious people are equal.