President Maithripala Sirisena has urged the people to determine to join hands to build a country where reconciliation and coexistence are given pride of place while making the victories achieved more meaningful.
He has made this observation in his New Year Message. His message reads: “The customary rites and rituals attached with the “Avurudda”, based on transition of sun, depict the social connotation of the deep and subtle connection between the man and nature in physical and spiritual facets since the origin of life on the planet earth many ages ago.
Manifestation of rituals during the Avurudu festivities is a living example for gratefulness of human being, since time immemorial, and such values are still alive in the collective consciousness of the people due to the strength of our cultural sprit in an age where the agricultural life style is being transformed, tremendously.
The entire gamut of the Avurudu customs portrays praising nature which is similar to a caring mother figure towards mankind; as she is offering humans the sustenance they need to survive. It also showcases renewal of the close relationships with fellow members of the society. The Avurudu Nakath system has paved the way to time management with a time table for the activities come under the Avurudu celebrations. Practicing the exchange of money at an auspicious time in all solemnity in the Avurudu celebrations is a deep-rooted value of our distinctive cultural heritage as it denotes being authentic in the transactions is a noblest manner as both giving and receiving are taking place simultaneously in a much transparent manner.
The intention of the whole range of Avurudu customs, marked in line with the transition of the Sun, is formation of a new man free from regressive thinking and menial attitudes.
“Aluth Avurudda” is a turning point of our lives as it resuscitates to serve as a catalyst to change our attitudes for bringing some fresh thinking.
Let’s determine to join hands to build a country where reconciliation and coexistence are given pride of place while making the victories achieved more meaningful.
I wish a very happy, prosperous and peaceful Aluth Avurudda for all Sri Lankans living in the country and overseas.”