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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 8:10
Video: Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival of Thai Pongal falls today : Muslims world over celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohamed today as well.
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Tamil world over celebrate Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival of Thai Pongal today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a message to mark Thai Pongal that he is pleased to extend his greetings to the Hindus of Sri Lanka who celebrate the important Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival of Thai Pongal today.

The message states this festival that takes its name from the first day of the month of Thai is an important tradition among Hindus to offer thanks to Surya - the Sun God for the blessings received in a successful harvest.

The boiling over of milk and rice, the Pongal is another important aspect of this festival as it marks the beginning of new opportunities in life with the blessings of Surya.

Many also refer to this festival as the Surya Mangalyam when the first grains of the successful harvest are offered to the Sun God.

The importance of this festival is marked by the coming together of families in a spirit of renewed affection and understanding, and also the joining of communities in paying tribute to the Sun God for a successful harvest and expectations of continued blessings in both harvests and other aspects of life in the coming year.

Meanwhile Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival of Milad-Un-Nabi, the birth of Prophet Mohamed today.

The President in his message said as they join their brethren the world over in celebrating this important festival in the Muslim calendar, it is noteworthy that the national Milad-Un-Nabi festival is celebrated this year at Beruwela in the Kalutara district, that is home to many of the oldest settlers of the Muslim faith in Sri Lanka.

The teachings of Holy Prophet Mohamed brings a message of peace, unity and co-existence to people the world over, providing a valuable basis to prevent communal, religious, ethnic and caste conflicts and clashes among people.






















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