Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Thai Pongal Message –
(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – The Thai Pongal Festival that started as a celebration of the first harvest during the time of Chola kings in South India, has today become a major religious festival commemorated by Tamils living all over the world.
The rising of the sun is observed as the dawning of the New Year at Thai Pongal – it also signifies the strong bond maintained in agrarian communities with nature – the sun, the rain and the animals who contribute towards a bountiful harvest.
The Thai Pongal Festival shows us the value of sustainability in a diverse community while reminding us of the importance of gratitude and strong bonds.
I take this opportunity to wish all those celebrating Thai Pongal Festival prosperity and good wishes; in a spirit that truly celebrates unity in diversity, one that reaffirms our capacity as a nation to face the challenges of tomorrow as one people.