year’s most significant Thaipongal ceremony at which
the largest Pongal rice is cooked and served by the soldiers of
Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) was held at Elephant Pass (EPS)
on 14th of January.
people who crossed the EPS Gateway stooped there to taste the
Pongal rice served by the soldiers from early morning to mid noon.
A model Hindu village with families living in makeshift houses
in cultivated lands had been built at the entrance highlighting
Hindu traditions. A grand cultural show performed by Jaffna and
Kilinochchi school children and artistes from Ambalangoda in down
south had been organized for the entertainment of the crowd.
of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, the Chief Guest
of the Monday’s function and Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe in the company of senior officers of the SF-J visited
the model Hindu village and gave away gifts to the families there.
District Parliamentarians Hon. Namal Rajapaksa attended the celebration
as the Guest of Honour.
Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ajith Wijesinghe and all ranks
serving under the 55 Division organized this colourful ceremony.
The 55 Division organized this Thaipongal festival for
the third consecutive time at the same place.