Jallikattu 2023 Celebrations begin in Madurai

The famed Jallikattu bull-taming competition kicked off in Avaniyapuram, Tamil Nadu, with the district collector of Madurai, Aneesh Sekhar, stating that every preparation has been made to assure the safety of both bulls and players. The event is usually held during the Pongal harvest season, specifically on Mattu Pongal, the third day of the four-day long festival, that is dedicated to cattle, essential to agriculture. Critics argue it's a violation of animal rights, while others say it's core to their culture and traditions. Jallikattu involves a bull being released into a crowd, with participants trying to hold onto the hump on its back for as long as they can.


  1. Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming competition in Tamil Nadu.
  2. The event happens during the Pongal season, especially on Mattu Pongal, the third day of the festive period.
  3. The district collector of Madurai ensured all safety measures for the event.
  4. Critics argue it harms animal rights, supporters argue it protects and conveys tradition.
  5. The purpose of Jallikattu is to hold onto the bull’s hump as long as possible.

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