President, PM stress on coexistence during New Year

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stressed on unity and coexistence during the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The President said that the New Year serves as a catalyst to change the attitude of the people to bring fresh thinking.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Sinhala and Tamil New Year brings a message of prosperity and unity to the nation, acknowledging the role of the Sun in the agrarian society and its blessings towards a greater harvest.

“It is also an occasion that strengthen ties between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, one that unites them and fosters a great degree of fellowship amidst shared customs and a reverence towards nature and its elements that are significant towards sustainable prosperity,” he said.

The Prime Minister, in his New Year message, said that the ancient customs and traditions of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year are closely tied to sustainable good practices that preserve and respect the environment around us – they encourage the younger generation to share the same values and preserve them for posterity.