Written by Staff Writer
14 Jan, 2017 | 9:05 am
Hindu devotees, over the world, celebrates Thai Pongal today. The term Pongal means ‘to boil’. The festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving ceremony for the year’s harvest.
Thanksgiving is held to convey appreciation to the Sun God for proving the energy for agriculture. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the sun – the Surya Mangalyam.
The origins of the Thai Pongal festival may date to more than 1000 years ago.The Pongal rice is on to the sweet side, which is made generally up of milk, cardamom, raisins, jaggery, cashew and green gram and is served on banana leaves.
Cooking of this is usually done in sunlight, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun God.
President Maithripala Sirisena in his message to mark Thai Pongal states that it provides an opportunity to show our gratitude to nature and renew our hopes devotedly adding that such Festivals rekindle the contract between man and the gifts of nature, while epitomizing the enormity of the human gratefulness.
The President reiterated that the message of Thaipongal becomes ever more relevant as the world looks forward to move in the direction of Sustainability.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his message to mark thaipongal notes that the Thai Pongal Festival shows us the value of sustainability in a diverse community while reminding us of the importance of gratitude and strong bonds.
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan extending his wishes to the hindu devotees notes that on this day he will be praying for the country to find a reasonable, lasting political solution to the unresolved national question through the new constitution, which will be a significant milestone in the history of the country.
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