Written by Staff Writer
15 Jan, 2016 | 12:41 pm
In a message to mark Thai Pongal, President Maithripala Sirisena says the responsibility at present should be to carry forward the historical heritage that treats nature sacredly and supports the social cohesion and co-existence as well as social progress.
He added that national identity and unblemished cultural heritage are well reflected in festivals such as Thai Pongal.
The president notes that as this festival is close to the hearts of the people. He said: Just like a boiling milk pot that overflows on this day, let the love of humans towards each other pour out and may the illuminated lamps lighten up to dispel darkness and lead the way to genuine co-existence.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said: As Hindus in Sri Lanka and the world over celebrate Thai Pongal, we reminisce that it is an occasion that lights the flame of hope in our hearts.
Thai Pongal reminds us of the need to live our lives with gratitude and stay conscious of the need to co-exist in harmony with nature and with one another.
Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan, meanwhile, stated that Thai Pongal would allow the people who have been left helpless due to various reasons to build their lives once again.
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