President Mahinda Rajapakse in his New Year Message wished that the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year that has dawned be one that brings peace, joy and prosperity to all.
The President added that the traditional New Year is a truly great national festival that shows the remarkable bonds between nature and humankind.
He also added that the dawn of this New Year brings fresh thoughts and feelings to our hearts and paves the way to look at our lives and society with renewed determination and courage.
The message further states that the New Year becomes more meaningful through the establishment of friendship and unity and therefore it is best if every step is taken to build good relations and corporation with each other during this season of festivity.
It also adds that the observance of the many important traditions associated with the New Year, strengthens great unity and understanding between family and village.
The President extended his special gratitude to the members of the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Corps and all others who carry out their official duties during this period of festivity.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister D M Jayaratna in his message wished every Sri Lankan living in Sri Lanka and abroad, a happy and prosperous New Year.
He added that the Sun Festival is considered more, an opportunity provided by the Gods for the mankind to strengthen unity and harmony by shedding petty differences occurred during the year gone-by, than its traditional and cultural character.