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A festival to foster amity

Staff Reporter

`Samathuva Pongal' by teachers, pupils

TAMBARAM: With the harvest festival of Pongal just round the corner, students and teachers of government and matriculation schools in Tambaram got together to observe `Samathuva Pongal'.

The premises of Christ King Girls Higher Secondary School in East Tambaram turned out to be a community kitchen and a mini cultural festival with students, teachers and other staff preparing sweet pongal, in a joint venture.

Students contributed by bringing all the necessary ingredients for making `sakkarai pongal.' Teachers and non-teaching staff of this one of the oldest schools in the area prepared the delicacy with some help from some of the senior students.

Further, five students from each school were selected to represent their section in a rangoli contest. While the festive spirit was the basic theme in the rangolis, topics of religious harmony and unity were reflected in most of them. Headmistress Sister Marian said the school organised such events to celebrate festivals observed by students belonging to all religions. Be it Pongal, Deepavali or Ramzan, it was celebrated with as much enthusiasm as Christmas to inculcate a sense of religious amity among the students.

SCS Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chromepet organised a similar cultural programme where students of all religions took part. Inculcating a spirit of communal harmony and religious amity in young minds would do a lot of good to the educated youth of the country, according to school correspondent V. Santhanam. `Samathuva pongal' was also observed at Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Indira Nagar in Selaiyur near Tambaram.

Chromepet New Colony Residents Welfare Society conducted Samathuva Pongal by distributing sarees to 40 destitute women on Saturday. A packet, each containing rice, dhal and jaggery, was also given to them.

Community pongal was cooked on the streets and distributed to residents.

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