Culture to Stand as One Nation” Says President at National Thaipongal
Ceremony in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-01-17
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.