Thaipongal festival will lead the way to genuine co-existence – President

Thaipongal festival will lead the way to genuine co-existence – President

Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature, states President Maithripala Sirisena in his Thaipongal Message to the Hindus of Sri Lanka.

As this festival is very close to the hearts of our fellow people, just like a boiling milk pot that overflows on this day, let the love of humans towards each other pour out and may the illuminated lamps lighten up to dispel darkness and lead the way to genuine co-existence, he added.

Following is the full text of the message:

Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature. This festival is celebrated in grandiose manner because it signifies the people’s gratitude to the mother earth that nurture them and also it is an occasion to display devotion to the most powerful element in nature – The sun.

Since the time of human evolution to date, the agricultural farming community has been celebrating festive occasions such as this in spirit of unity, mutual respect and observing common social values. Celebration of such festivals related to nature made a tremendous contribution to make this world a better place to live in. Our responsibility in the present should be to carry forward the historical heritage that treats the nature sacredly and supports the social cohesion and co-existence as well as social progress.

The national identity and unblemished cultural heritage are very well reflected in festivals such as Thaipongal. The greatness of the festival is that though this is celebrated for thousands of years it has not undergone any distortion or transformation and continues in its pristine form.

As this festival is very close to the hearts of our fellow people, just like a boiling milk pot that overflows on this day, let the love of humans towards each other pour out and may the illuminated lamps lighten up to dispel darkness and lead the way to genuine co-existence.

I wish you all a Happy Thaipongal!

Maithripala Sirisena     

January 14, 2016

 

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