Thousands Taste the Largest Pongal Rice at Gateway to Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-01-15
Elephant Pass (EPS), once was a base for heavy fighting between
terrorists and valiant soldiers who shed their blood and laid their
lives to secure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the
motherland, this Saturday (15.01.2011) turned a traditional Hindu
village where the same Army troops served Pongal rice to Jaffna
people and thousands of others visiting Jaffna.
On concept of Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe, soldiers of the 55 Division commanded by
Brigadier Sudath Perera assisted by the troops of Task Force 7 cooked
the largest Pongal rice at EPS gateway to Jaffna marking the Thai
Pongal Hindu cultural annual festival 2011 and served them with
tea to a crowd over 9000 passing the location out of and towards
Jaffna since 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on the 15th January. This is
the first instance that such massive Pongal rice was prepared in
the Sri Lankan history.
The modern hamlet created at the edge of the EPS lagoon by 55 Division
soldier consisted of some traditional houses inhabited by Tamil
families of Hindu faith with vegetation and animal-rearing so that
any one who walks around could feel the real sense of this important
Hindu festival. Sounds of crackers and Pongal music reverberated
the air throughout while all passers by happily enjoyed the taste
of Pongal rice with Sakkara (jaggery) cooked by
soldiers. Occasional showers experienced at EPS were not at all
a barrier to the event.
A cultural performance also had been arranged for entertainment
at the venue adorned with National Flags, floral decorations and
Kolam (designs drawn on the floor).
Commander SF-J accompanied by Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brigadier
B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo and senior officers visited all houses to meet
people there and handed over Thai Pongal gifts to them.
A large number of officers and soldiers of the SF-J contributed
to make the event a total success.