Let’s determine to rise as One Country – One Nation in this New Year – President
“Let’s determine to rise as One Country – One Nation unhindered by divisions or disparities, but genuine peace and equality, and to build a drug-free, alcohol-free country in the New Year commencing today”, said President Maithripala Sirisena.
I see the New Year festival as a link that promotes and strengthens reconciliation among the communities, the President further stated in his message issued for Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
Following is the full text of the message:
The New Year is the foremost national and cultural festival of the Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka. The importance of the New Year is that they celebrate it upholding their rich cultural traditions and values.
One of the great and significant moments of the New Year customs and traditions is preparing and partaking meals by all of us in all solemnity at the same auspicious time. New Year is a combination of customs and traditions like sharing and appreciating, respecting elders and giving gifts to each other. Let’s determine to celebrate this New Year with due consideration to the core values of this festival and sustaining our distinctive cultural heritage.
The New Year is a colourful spring festival, which symbolises the movement of the sun from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries) and it also rekindles our relationship with the beauty of nature. This is time when, houses are filled with the joy and sweet words of hospitality, ‘come, sit and eat’. I see the New Year festival as a link that promotes and strengthens reconciliation among the communities.
I call upon every Sri Lankan to celebrate this year’s New Year in a way to actively contribute to building a country free of intoxicants adhering to the national programme initiated by us.
I extend my heartiest wishes to everybody to have an auspicious New Year. May milkrice is cooked even in the poorest of the household; a smile is blossomed on the lips where there was no laughter; tenderness and kindness replace violence and hatred; amity and goodwill supercede rivalry and antagonism.
Let’s determine to rise as One Country – One Nation unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality, and to build a drug-free, alcohol-free country in the New Year commencing today.
I wish you all a very happy New Year!
What a good idea. Hope the paradise this man is trying to create will happen. Once again hope this idea want fade away like the previous ideas he promised. It is a shame that he developed these ideas only after he became the president. Why did he keep this ideas to himself. He was a prominent figure in Mahinda’s goverment.
Once again words are cheap ad talk is easy.
Yes, Sir, we are still rising even after 15 months of Yahapalanaya, we are still rising.
Maybe we need some Viagra to assist.
Hindu Buddhist new year celebrating all around country wide but simultaneously biting each other like wild animals.foolish generation.
@Ashik, there are some idiots who stepped into the country in different centuries.
With them many trade partners and nonsense one’s sneaked through to the country as well.
Those who came to sell plastic, cloths etc in trade to the spices never left the country.
They are still inside, sheltering themselves and asking bit and pieces.
Now, they are pointing at the mainlands and making demands too.
What a way to go…..