It is time to embark on a new path towards a prosperous country, facing all the challenges with a new mindset and with fresh aspirations in this Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
The message adds: “It is with great pleasure that I greet the dawn of the Sinhala – Tamil New Year that fulfils the fresh hopes of all Sri Lankans. The people of our country have been participating in this great cultural festival since time immemorial, giving priority to the customs and traditions in this cultural extravaganza of the nation.
Customs and rituals attached with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year depict the connection between mankind and nature.
As a disciplined nation, people have followed the guidelines issued by the government with a myriad of sacrifices, therefore the opportunity has arisen to celebrate the New Year to this extent freely.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve our cultural values while keeping in mind health practices.The Government is striving to reduce the burden on people and create a prosperous future for the nation.
It is time to embark on a new path towards a prosperous country, facing all the challenges with a new mindset and with fresh aspirations.