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Hindus worldwide mark the Thai Pongal

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By ITN News Editor January 15, 2020 19:12

Hindus worldwide mark the Thai Pongal

Hindus worldwide mark the Thai Pongal Festival today which is celebrated with great devotion by Tamil Hindus all over the world.
Hindus in Sri Lanka who paid homage at Kovils offered their first harvest which was offered to the sun god who blesses agricultural work throughout the year. Another highlight of the Thaipongal festival is the honoring of cattle and other animals that are instrumental to agriculture. President Gotabhaya Rajapakse in his Thai Pongal message states that he is extremely happy to join with the Sri Lankan Tamil brethren to celebrate the Thai Pongal festival that is being observed with festivities by all Tamils across the world. On the day of Thai Pongal all the people who are engaged in the agricultural sector, worship the sun to express gratitude to the nature and seek blessings.

The President says he earnestly believes, that through this festival, the social bond filled with the spirit of humanity will further spread between the parents and children, teachers and students, friends and relations, rulers and citizens with strength. The President says as Sri Lankan citizens we must move forward towards prosperity, based on this principle. In his Thai Pongal message Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse says Sri Lanka is a nation of diverse nationalities coexisting peacefully. Each of those nationalities have their own, unique cultural celebrations that add colour and vibrancy to the Sri Lankan cultural fabric. The Thai Pongal festival is one such important cultural event celebrated by the Tamil community throughout the world, the Prime Minister said. From time immemorial the Tamil community were a people that were mostly depended on an agricultural based economy. The Prime Minister stated that the Government is committed to the upkeep of the farming community and will continue to provide them with the best available opportunities and protect their rights so that Sri Lanka can prosper into a self sufficient agricultural nation.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 15, 2020 19:12

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