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“Preserve Culture to Stand as One Nation” Says President at National Thaipongal Ceremony in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-01-17 21:30:25 Hours]

His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday (17.01.2011) extended his Thaipongal Greetings to all Hindus at a meeting organized to celebrate the National Thaipongal Celebration 2011 at the Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna.

Addressing the mammoth crowd gathered at the stadium to attend the national ceremony, President Rajapaksa expressed his hopes that all racial, social and religious divisions in the country will fade away with this year’s National Thaipongal Celebration. He further said that we must preserve our culture to stand as one nation.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa received a rousing welcome on his arrival to the Duraiappa stadium Monday morning. At the inauguration of the ceremony which drew a large gathering of religious leaders, school and university students, government and public sector servants and the general public, the President put a handful of rice into a pot to cook Pongal rice, symbolizing the Thaipongal.

A number of traditional performances of the Hindu culture were presented by school students and some aesthetic academies in Jaffna during the ceremony. Distribution of forty one four-wheel tractors to farmers and laptop computers to one hundred university students coincided the national ceremony. President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not forget to speak a few words in Tamil language. President conveyed his best wishes to young players of Point Pedro who achieved a national level victory in recent foot ball tournament.

Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Douglas Devananda, Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G. A. Chandrasiri, President’s Secretary Mr. Lalith Weeratunge, Senior Military, Administrative and Police officers were also present on the occasion.

His Excellency the President, after opening the new Sangupiddy bridge the previous day, stayed overnight at famous Thal Sevana Resort at Kankesanthurai to attend the festival on Monday.

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