Man's relationship with environment reflected by Soorya Mangalyaya - Speaker

The transaction the man has made with the environment throughout the ages is reflected by the culture of any civilisation. The feelings of gratitude of the man in the Eastern Civilisation towards the environment with which it had a devoted relationship is reflected by the Soorya Mangalyaya, states Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in a Sinhala and Tamil New Year message.
The message said our forefathers who understood that our entire life on Earth depended on the Sun have performed rituals based on that belief.
The Sinhala – Tamil New Year celebrations which embodied that identity bequeathed to us gives birth to several social values.
The entire community joining hands for a common cause and starting work at a single moment wishing happiness and prosperity is vital for social collectivity.
Homage to elders and teachers and visiting relations after engaging in religious observances renews thoughts of the duties which should be performed by a member of society.
Cleaning up the household and all family members starting work at the auspicious time was a fine example towards unity and harmony in a plural society with diverse communities and religious.
The message concluded by wishing all Sri Lankans a happy and prosperous future.

Gives new life to nature and humanity – Minister Sajith

The dawn of the ‘Soorya Mangalyaya’ or the New Year is a period which gives new life to nature and humanity and subjected them for renewal.
It is also a cultural festival which bestows ancient traditions and values to the future generation, said Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa in a message to mark Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The message added that the festival period which offers rest and fun and entertainment helps to strengthen human bonds.
“The Sun and the rain and the balanced climatic conditions helped to fill the larder.
The people make use of the opportunity to worship the Sun or perform the Surya Mangalyaya as a gratitude for it.
“Therefore, the dawn of the New Year is a cultural revolution, which teaches the value of gratitude.
The message said the objective of the Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Ministry was to make use of this festival as a symbol of harmony and spread its essence throughout the country.
While wishing everyone peace, happiness and prosperity in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the message hopes that it would lead to the creation of a happy and fortunate country with cultured people.

New Year adds strength to national unity – Minister Amaratunga

The traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated in the auspicious month of “Bak” meaning April, known as “Aluth Avurudha” to the Sinhalese and “Puthandu” to the Tamils, is celebrated both by the Sinhala and Tamil people worldwide, but unique in Sri Lanka as the only country to celebrate the event as a National Festival, states Tourism Development, Will Life and Christian Religious Affairs Ministry John Amaratunga in a Sinhala and Tamil New Year Message.
The message adds: "The dawn of the New Year based on the Sun's astrological movements and according to Buddhist and Hindu culture and traditions, is an eagerly looked forward mega festival celebrated island wide with the participation of all communities. Also referred to as the “Sun Festival” it highlights the close interaction between man and nature. The festival also underlines the common cultural heritage between the Sinhalese and Tamil people which inherently binds the two communities as one family".
"It is a time for all communities in the country to join hands shedding differences for a meaningful re-awakening linked in actual peace and harmony with profound hope and rightful direction for a progressive way forward for the prosperity of the country.
"Let the inspirations of unity of the New Year add strength to the efforts of rebuilding the Nation to reach new horizons realizing the aim of making Sri Lanka the “Wonder of Asia” and the tourism hub of the Region.
"I wish all a happy and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year".

Strengthen peace and harmony - former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year which is the excellent reflection of the eternal bond between nature and man is the main national ceremony observed by all Sri Lankans in brotherhood leaving aside all differences, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said in a New Year message.
The message said at a time when we as a country was passing through a decisive moment undergoing economic problems and suffering from a severe drought, let us all strive to create a new sincere and just new generation which could overcome all challenges and offer leadership to a foreword march with a new vision.
The message wished all a happy and posperious New Year in which they could rallyround with dedication towards peace and harmony.

‘New year with fresh hopes and harmony’- WP Governor Azath Salley

Western Province Governor Azath Salley offers his greetings and felicitations to all those who are celebrating the Sinhala/Tamil New Year this week while wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.
Salley said that the dawn of this New Year gives Sri Lankans fresh hopes under the presidency of Maithripala Sirisena to live peacefully and happily on their own soil free of narcotics, corruption and nepotism.
It is the time to pay a fitting tribute to President Sirisena, who had left no stones unturned to make our motherland a land of smiling people with happiness and contentment, he said.


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