Madras Day 2019: Chennai is celebrating its 380th birthday today. This day, 22 August, is widely considered to be the day when the city formerly known as Madras was found in the year 1639. To remove the colonial tag from the name, Madras was renamed as Chennai in 1996. It is perhaps for nostalgic reasons that the citizens celebrate 'Madras Day'.
The idea to honour the day with celebrations first came to a group of three people: historian S Muthiah, journalist Sashi Nair and publisher Vincent D in 2004.
This year, the southern city will celebrate 'Madras Week' by dedicating seven days to the history, culture and traditions of the city.
As the city completes its 380 years, Twitter is flooded with citizens expressing their love and gratitude towards one of the oldest cities of the country.
Here's how Twitter celebrated Madras Day:
— Barath ennum naan (@barath_ana_nenu) August 22, 2019
Happieeee birthday, Madras வந்தாரை வாழ வைக்கும் சென்னை Chennai is a name, Madras is an emotion!❣️❣️❣️#madrasday2019 #380thBirthday #EngaooruMadras #HappieeLife#Madras #MadrasDay #Chennai380 #Madras380 #ChennaiDay #Chennaite #Chennaippl #NammaOoru #NammaGethu pic.twitter.com/qjq65GfiuB — Anbu Mani (அன்பு மணி) (@Anbu_Mani27) August 21, 2019
A City which has given Job, Life, Fame and Identity to many who had no hope in their lives ", 380 years and still going strong, Celebrate our wonderful city . . . ! #MadrasDay #NammaChennai pic.twitter.com/9ylEtZDym3 — Vinoth Palanisamy (@nrpvinoth) August 22, 2019
#MadrasDay is a festival organized to commemorate the founding of the city of Madras (now Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, India. It is celebrated on #August22 every year. pic.twitter.com/fBkZU4PZwk — மஹா ஞான குருகுலம் - Maha Gnana Gurukulam (@MGGurukulam) August 21, 2019
Devotion-Triplicane,Santhome Shopping- T-Nagar, Theatre- Sathyam,phoenix Art-Mahabalipuram Filter Coffee - West Mambalam #சென்னை heaven 4 us Happy Birthday Chennai #380 #MadrasDay#MadrasDay pic.twitter.com/MoU14RL52P — ராஜா.க (Raja K.S) (@ksrajabe) August 22, 2019
Updated Date: Aug 22, 2019 16:56:04 IST