Min­is­ter John Amaratunga on Thai Pon­gal Day

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I am pleased to ex­tend my wishes on the oc­ca­sion of Thai Pon­gal, which Tamil Hin­dus cel­e­brate in a re­spect­ful man­ner

The Sri Lankan Tamil Hin­dus had a close re­la­tion­ship with agri­cul­ture and they hence had a strong close­ness with the Thai Pon­gal fes­ti­val, Min­is­ter of Chris­tian Re­li­gious Af­fairs John Amaratunga said in his Thai Pon­gal Mes­sage. He said in his mes­sage: “I am pleased to ex­tend my wishes on the oc­ca­sion of Thai Pon­gal, which Tamil Hin­dus cel­e­brate in a re­spect­ful man­ner, to­gether with other Tamils in the world.

“Of­fer­ing trib­ute to Sun, which brings pros­per­ity and of­fer­ing grat­i­tude to the an­i­mals that as­sisted in till­ing and har­vest­ing are spe­cial rit­u­als in the Thai Pon­gal cel­e­bra­tions. “Ac­cord­ing to Tamil tra­di­tion, Sun with this hap­pi­ness will bless the peo­ple with a pros­per­ous life in the year ahead. They ex­pect a life with fewer phys­i­cal or men­tal af­flic­tion, with the bless­ing of the sun be­cause of the rit­u­als per­formed on the Thai Pon­gal day.

The Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu com­mu­nity has a long tra­di­tion of agri­cul­tural life and hence has a strong close­ness with the Thai Pon­gal cel­e­bra­tions.

“I wish the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Tamil Hin­dus to the life rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the peace, ac­cept­ing the bless­ing ren­dered with the dawn of the Sun on the first day of the month of Thai, be mean­ing­ful with the Thai Pon­gal cel­e­bra­tions,” he said.

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