Diwali without firecrackers to help bats

Vastavam web: The locals of these tamil nadu people are very much kind hearted towards birds, especially bats. Even they barred the lightning fire crackers also. In a striking example of empathy towards winged creatures, several villages in Tamil Nadu have celebrated Diwali without bursting firecrackers to avoid scaring birds and bats in their areas. For a long time, people of Koothankulam village in Tirunelveli district, which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the festival.Interestingly, they also avoid using loudspeakers in places of worship or during family functions out of concern for birds in their village.A variety of birds like flamingo, pelican, spoonbill, painted stork, egret, duck, tern and ibis visit the lake in the sanctuary where several migratory birds also arrive. Similarly, the people of Vavval Thoppu in Salem, Perambur, a village near the temple town of Seerkazhi in Nagapattinam and Vishar near Kancheepuram refrained from bursting firecrackers so as to not scare bats in their areas. Villagers of Perambur say the decision to abstain from bursting firecrackers was taken about a century ago so that bats and birds do not get scared.