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“Soorya Mangalya 2012” at Manippay Highlights Sinhala & Hindu New Year Traditions

[2012-04-14 15:03:50]

Coinciding the dawn of Sinhala and Hindu New Year, Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) in collaboration with the Independent Television Network (ITN) organized the annual New Year celebration “Soorya Mangalya” at Marathady Pillayar Kovil in Manippay. The festival which included a range of traditional sports events was conducted for four days commencing from 11th April.

Swimming, marathon, bicycle race and a few other competitions were held during the first two days at different places in Manippay while main events were held on 13th and 14th at beautiful Manippay Marathady Pillayar Kovil site.

Events on the 13th and 14th April took place with attendance of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe as Chief Guest. The festival site had been made identical to a typical Hindu village. In addition to large crowds from Manippay, Sandilippay, Chankanai, Ilavalai, Chunnakam, Pandithirippu, Navali and other neighbouring villages, civilians from distant areas such as Chavakachcheri, Kodikamam and Pallai gathered to the Kovil site to take part in competitions.

During the festival, New Year customs were observed at auspicious time according to the almanac and Commander SF-J and GA Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar joined the villagers and soldiers present at the Marathady Pillayar Kovil premises on 13th night to follow customs at auspicious times.

Programme continued on the 14th and winners of competitions received their valuable prizes from Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe and distinguished guests. Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Pradeep Silva, 513 Civil Affairs Officer Lieutenant Colonel Sarath Amarasinghe, Commanding Officers and all ranks of 11th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, 11th Sri Lanka Light Infantry and 14th Gemunu Watch coordinated with the ITN and Jaffna GA’s office in organizing the “Soorya Mangalya 2012”. On guidance of GA Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, Divisional Secretary of Sandilippay Mr. S. Muralitharan cooperated with the 513 Brigade to organize a successful New Year festival for civilians.

Hindu Priests, officials of Jaffna civil administrative sector, officials of ITN and other sponsor firms, senior military officers and large crowds attended the festival all four days.

The whole programme was live telecast on ITN.


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