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* New Year is a time to celebrate link between man and nature - President
Sun, Apr 14, 2019, 09:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena wishing the people and the nation a joyous New Year today reminds the people of their commitment to fulfill national expectations paying adequate attention to realign with mother nature.

In his message to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawning on today, the President said the New Year is a time of celebration of the timeless link between the environment, nature and man.

Full text of President's message:

Since the sun and moon are the prime factors in sustaining life on earth, the people worshipped these heavenly bodies with utmost devotion since ancient times. Considering nature as divine was a practice of kings and the general public.

Likewise, the people tend to worship the moon and the sun annually during the New Year.

The Sinhala and Tamil communities who celebrate the rise of the sun in the Aluth Avurudu month of Bak, also take part in the New Year ritual of viewing the new moon.

The New Year which dawns with the annual transition of the sun, is a time of celebration of the timeless link between the environment, nature and man. After reaping the harvest and offering a part of it to the Buddha and deities first before we consume it, we commence the season of Avurudu, a period of bliss, togetherness, flourishing inter-relations, and often the period, in which people express their sense of identity as a nation. This month is named 'Bak', since it is the season of prosperity. We celebrate our New Year this month, since it is a blossoming period of happiness and joy, in which flowers bloom and fruits ripen announcing nature's beauty.

It is time we paid adequate attention to understanding the deep meaning of this most precious traditional cultural ceremony, especially at a time when it has become submissive to market mechanisms and consumer demands. Although we are the children of Mother Nature, we have gradually kept away from this most important cultural event. Now, we have reached a point where we feel the urgent need for realigning with Mother Nature.

While we enjoy the results of the efforts of our own victories so far, we must collectively commit ourselves to fulfill the national expectations. I wish the dearest people of this country as well as Sri Lankans living abroad a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


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