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* Sri Lanka President to participate in the Harvest Festival today
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 12:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the chief guest at the New Rice Festival (Harvest Festival) to be held in Anuradhapura today.

The government has made arrangements to hold the traditional harvest offering festival in a grand scale this year. It is scheduled to be held near the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi today and tomorrow.

The farmers from Northern and Eastern provinces will also participate in the ceremony for the first time in nearly 30 years Agrarian Services Commissioner Ravindra Hewavitharana told the state-run radio.

The farmers will offer the first portion of their harvest to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at the ceremony. The ceremony is to commence with a procession in the morning.

Several parliamentarians and ministers including the Minister of Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services Maithripala Sirisena are expected to attend the ceremony.

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