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Celebration of New Year together regardless of one’s religion is example of reconciliation: Karu Jayasuriya

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has hailed that Sinhalese and Tamils celebrating New Year together regardless of one’s religion, is an example of reconciliation in Sri Lanka where people of different religions live. This example becomes a base to create a stronger and prosperous nation.

He made this observation in his New Year Message to the nation.

His message reads as follows:

“The relationship that man had with nature could be easily witnessed through ancient civilisations. The rituals performed towards the sun by the people of the eastern civilizations who used agriculture as their main source of livelihood and maintained a strong relationship with nature, bear witness to this.

Our ancestors who realized earth’s life centres around the sun, performed such rituals based on this belief.

Symbolising the Sri Lankan heritage, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated has a lot of significance socially.

Working towards a common cause and together at the same time, and wishing happiness and prosperity mutually to the entire community are most important to create harmony among the community.

Performing religious practices specific to us, worshipping elders, visiting parents and teachers and reviving such social practices remind one of the duties and responsibilities they have as a member of society.

Cleaning households and starting work with family members at auspicious times would bring good and positive beginnings to a person.

I wish all Sri Lankans a peaceful, prosperous and happy, New Year!”






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