Madras Day is a day of celebrations organised in the city of Madras (Chennai), the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on 22 August every year, and is named after the city.
Originally, this celebration used to last for a day but now it extends for a week. Madras Day focuses on the city, its history, its past and its present and the core team motivates communities, groups, companies and campuses in the city to host events that celebrate the city.
The celebration consists of events such as heritage walks (including a “tree walk”), public talks, exhibitions, poetry reading sessions, public performances, food festivals and special programs on local radio. It also includes contests such as, T-shirt designing, documentary film contest, multimedia presentation for schools and quiz in both Tamil and English. T-shirts to mark the event are also released. The talks delivered to mark the week long celebrations usually involve lectures explaining the heritage and history of the city. There are also events for the retired citizens where they can post their life years ago on the “Stories about Madras section” on Madras day’s website and their views on how Madras grew into the Chennai of today.
Indian postal department released a postal cover to commemorate Madras day on 22 August 2007.
Data Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Day