As the increase of firecrackers stuffed the air throughout the nation celebrating Deepavali with gusto, seven villages in Erode district of Tamil Nadu marked the competition with simply lights, and no sound, in a gesture thoughtful of the winged inhabitants of the fowl sanctuary close by.
The villages are situated round Vadamugam Vellode, 10 kms from Erode the place the fowl sanctuary is located.
Thousands of native fowl species and migratory birds from different areas go to the sanctuary between October and January to put eggs and hatch them.
As Deepavali normally falls within the month of October or November, the greater than 900 households dwelling across the fowl sanctuary took the choice to save lots of the birds and never scare them off by bursting crackers.
They have been following this conservation method for the previous 22 years.
The villagers mentioned that in Deepavali, they purchase their kids new garments and permit them to solely burn sparklers, and never burst crackers.
This yr as nicely, the villages of Sellappampalayam, Vadamugam Vellode, Semmandampalayam, Karukkankattu Valasu, Pungampadi and two different villages upheld the respectful custom of a silent Deepavali.
As the households joyfully celebrated Deepavali in their very own means, 1000’s of birds remained protected and blissfully unaware on the sanctuary, with no incident reported on Saturday and Sunday.