Thai pongal festival falls today: Let's strengthen the walls of unity: best wishes from President Maithree.
Issuing a communiqué to mark Thai Pongal President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lankan Hindus join their fellow Tamil religionists in most countries of the world today to celebrate Thai Pongal, the traditional Thanksgiving and Harvest festival of the Hindu religious calendar.
The message said it is the tradition at this festival to offer thanks to Surya - the Sun God, for the blessings received for a successful harvest.
This festival marks the traditional renewal of links between humans, the deities and nature and the unity of people in worship and thanksgiving for blessings received, with abundant hope for success in the future.
President Maithripala Sirisena said he is pleased to issue this message at the very beginning of his term of office, with Metta, loving kindness and the cultivation of benevolence, for peace, unity and prosperity among our people.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha issuing a Thai Pongal message stated that a political environment must be created that respect equality.