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Thai Pongal is celebrated worldwide

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 15, 2019 18:40

Thai Pongal is celebrated worldwide

Hindus all over the world celebrate Thai Pongal on a grand scale today.
In their rituals the Hindus pay homage to Sun God for prosperity on the Thai Pongal day. Sri Lankan, Tamil Hindus engaged in Thai Pongal celebrations since the dawn today visiting their religious places and invoking blessings for their future endeavors. The inaugural harvest of Hindu farming communities was devoted to the Sun God in accordance with their ancient customary.
In his congratulatory message President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is extremely happy to convey his greetings to all the Hindus across the world celebrating Thai Pongal, the festival that expresses gratitude to the supreme provider of light, warmth, water and wind essential for agriculture, the lifeline to human sustenance. According to president Sirisena, the people, who live close to nature by making the agriculture their vocation for livelihood, extend their greatest gratitude to the nature for its generosity on this festive day of Thai Pongal.
Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe in his Thai Pongal message noted that thanksgiving to the Sun God and expressing gratitude to the natural environment for the blessing of the harvest has been a religious practice of most of the farming communities.He added that Thai Pongal is one of the most cherished cultural festivities which involves feasting, visiting relatives and giving gifts celebrated among all the Tamil communities in the world.
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse issuing a message says that Thai Pongal is an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and friendship. He points out that on the
Thai Pongal day everybody should be determined to further cement ties with friends and kindred.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 15, 2019 18:40