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These 8 Tamil Nadu villages haven't burst a cracker in 17 years, know why?
When everyone was celebrating Diwali by bursting crackers, causing noise and air pollution, these eight villages of Tamil Nadu were celebrating the festival of lights, in a silent and environment-friendly manner, that is without bursting crackers. And this is not the first time they are doing it, this tradition is continuing from past seventeen years.

The reason behind this tradition will really amaze you, as the 750 families living in the eight villages namely Thalakarai, Doddakombai, Solaganai, Sundapur, Kathirimalai, Kakkayanur, Knathadi and Sathyamangalam which is 15 km from the Vellore Bird Sanctuary have pledged not to burst crackers, so as to not scare away the migratory birds.

Diwali is a difficult time for birds and animals in urban areas in India, as the sound of firecrackers going off agitates them, making them take over in fear behind any protective surface they can find.

The thoughtful residents of the eight village have not burst crackers for the past 17 years so as to not scare away the migratory birds. The toxic fumes produced by crackers will disturb the birds and might scare them away from the sanctuary forever. So, to avoid this the concerned citizens prefer to have a silent Diwali.

The sanctuary was established in 1996 on 80 hectares of land and every year, from around September to December, it sees a huge influx of migratory birds mainly from Australia and New Zealand. During their stay, they build their nests, lay eggs and leave two or three months later with their young ones in tow.

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