Soldiers serving in different areas under the 55 Division of Kaddaikadu together with Hindu devotees in respective areas celebrated Thai Pongal on January 15th. Hindu temples in their areas were cleaned by the soldiers on guidance of Commanding Officers and with participation of civilians.
Pongal rice was cooked by the soldiers following traditions according to Hindu culture and served it to villagers and travelers from 10.00 am to mid noon. Over 3000 civilians enjoyed pongal rice cooked and served by the Army.
Senior citizens, children and villagers who arrived in the venues were welcome according to Hindu tradition. Priests and villagers extended their support to soldiers in organizing the festival.
A record 2000 civilians of Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic faiths joined hands together as one community to mark the Vesak festival at Kalawanchikudi, Vakarai, Pottuvil and Akkaraipattu areas.
Troops of 18 Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) under 233 Brigade, 23 Battalion SLSR under 632 Brigade, 15 Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) on the directions given by Security Force Headquarters – East (SFHQ-E), organized ‘Sil’ programmes, Vesak Perahera (procession), exhibition of Vesak lanterns, conduct of Dansel, donation of school items to poor students and preparation of Vesak decorations.
Similarly, a new Dharmashala (sermon hall) and a Bodhiprakaraya (wall around Bo tree), erected with labour support of 15 Battalion SLLI troops of 224 Brigade at Agbopura temple, Tissapura was opened on the Vesak Full Moon Day (24). Continue reading