People of Tamil Nadu take part in bullock cart race

January 7th, 2008 - 9:48 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, Jan 7 (ANI): The residents of Tamil Nadu today participated in the annual bullock cart race with full fervour and zeal.

The bullock cart race is a part of the Pongal celebration (harvest festival) in Tamil Nadu.

We don’t participate in this contest for the money, but to keep our family tradition alive. We participate in the race to gain popularity,” said Kumar, a participant.

Nearly 15 carts participated in the race covering five miles. Sports lovers gathered in huge numbers to enjoy the rural sport. The bullock cart festival is followed by a horse cart race covering a distance of 8 miles.

There were 10 horse cart racers who were equally upbeat about the event.

I have been participating for 25 years now, said Raja, a jockey.

The bullock cart racers participated from neighbouring places like Tanjore, Madurai, Theni and Puddukottai districts of the state.

The winner received a prize bounty and villagers gathered to watch this traditional spectacle. (ANI)

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