President’s Thai Pongal message

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By 2018-01-14

I am extremely happy to convey my greetings to Hindus across the world celebrating Thai Pongal, the festival that expresses gratitude to nature.

Since the dawn of civilization, the importance of agriculture was widely known to human beings. In a background of rural community migrating to urban areas abandoning agricultural farming to obtain material benefits from industrial and technological growth, the celebration of Thai Pongal depicts the ardent desire to protect and cherish ancient traditions to refill humanity with culture, kindness, peace and reconciliation with utmost devotion towards fellow human kind.

I would like to consider the Thai Pongal festival, which has bestowed the supreme status upon agriculture, as an occasion to make the efforts taken by the government to take the country towards self-sufficiency in food, meaningful and providing strength to these efforts.

The Tamil community following Hinduism consider Thai Pongal festival as the dawn of their New Year which provides new expectations and opportunities. On this auspicious day, I wish a happy and prosperous Thai Pongal to the Hindus in Sri Lanka and abroad. I also join devotees who celebrate the Thai Pongal festival, closely associating with the deep values of agricultural traditions and customs.

Maithripala Sirisena
President

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