75-year-old city ‘Chennai’ celebrates the Madras Day
Madras (known as Chennai now) completes 375 years from the time it was founded. What began as a transaction of a piece of land at Fort St George today stands tall as one of India's biggest metro. The founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639. Madras Day is a festival celebrated in remembrance of the founding of the city of Madras. Madras Day focuses on the city, its history, its past and it’s present.
A city deserves to celebrate its birthday.
And Madras that is Chennai certainly deserves it.
So a small group of people who love this city launched a unique celebration in 2004.
The founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639.
It was on that day, in that year, that a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, was transacted by the East India Company.
The deal was struck by Francis Day, his ‘dubash’ Beri Thimmappa, and their superior, Andrew Cogan, with the local Nayak rulers. It is believed that this deal was made on August 22, 1639.
Today, Chennai stands tall for a variety of reasons. Education, healthcare, IT, history, tourism, auto industries, movies, etc. And yes, it also has its warts. In order to enlarge participation, the Madras Day has been expanded to create the Madras Week.
In 2019, MADRAS WEEK will be celebrated from August 18 to 25.
MADRAS DAY, as always, is August 22.