Madras Day is observed every year on August 22 to commemorate the founding of Madras City (now Chennai)  in Tamil Nadu. August 22, 1639, is said to be the date for the purchase of the village of Madraspatnam or Chennapatnam by the East India Company. The first recorded celebration of the founding of Madras was its tercentenary commemoration in 1939. This year, Madras Day 2023 will mark the 384th anniversary of the establishment of the city. According to records, the celebration of the day began in 2004 with the efforts of Chennai-based journalist Vincent D’Souza to historian S. Muthiah. As Madras Day 2023 nears, here’s all you need to know about the history and significance of the day. Madras Day Images & Wallpapers For Free Download Online: Facebook Greetings, Quotes, Messages and SMS to Celebrate Founding Day of Madras City.

Madras Day 2023 Date

Madras Day 2023 will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 22.

Madras Day History

As per records, the idea of a Madras Day was first suggested by Chennai-based journalists Vincent D'Souza, editor of Mylapore Times (a local newspaper), and Sashi Nair, director, and editor, of Press Institute of India, to historian S. Muthiah during a conversation at Muthiah's home in 2004. Since then, Madras Day celebrations have been held every year. The day's main highlights include exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and quizzes based on the establishments of the day.

Madras Day Significance

Madras Day serves as a platform for people to connect with the city's past and foster a sense of pride in the local culture. It's an opportunity for people to explore the city's historic landmarks and appreciate its artistic legacy. People celebrate this day by engaging in heritage walks, public talks, exhibitions, poetry reading sessions, public performances, food festivals, and special programs.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 22, 2023 03:37 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website