Hindus around the world celebrate the festival of Thai Pongal today.
Thai Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the first month,Thai, of the Tamil calendar.
Pongal is a dish of sweet concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk.
The Tamil festival is a thanks giving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the spirits of nature spirit, the Sun and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest.
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 .
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 Sirisena said he is pleased to issue this message, with Metta, loving kindness and the cultivation of benevolence, for peace, unity and prosperity among our people.