Most Ven. Udugama Rathanapala Sri Buddharakkhitha Mahanayaka Thero of Asgiriya Chapter of the Siamese Sector said that we are stronger as long as we remain religiously united and Buddhism and Hinduism are two beliefs born in the same country, India. Ven. Mahanayake Thero expressed these ideas when the Thero met Hindu religious leaders at Nallur in Jaffna on Wednesday (26).
Buddhists and Hindus never fought with each other. If there were any minor incidents, they were merely personal and not religious. Lord Buddha is a great leader descended from a Hindu royal family. Buddhists and Hindus believe same gods. So living united is very important,” Mahanayaka Thero said.
Chief Incumbent of the Asgiriya Chapter and the Buddhist delegation was welcome by Nallai Atheenan Ven. Srilasri Somasundara Thesika Paramacharya Swamigal, President Thelippalai Durgai Amman Temple Mr. Aru Thirumurugan and the crowd with great honour.
“Thai Pongal (தைப்பொங்கல்) or Pongal (பொங்கல்) is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people at the end of the harvest season. Pongal is a four day festival which usually takes place from January 13 to 16 in the Gregorian calendar i.e., the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Tamil month Thai.
The second of the four days i.e., first day of the Tamil month Thai is the second and main day of the festival and this day is known as Thai Pongal. This day coincides with Makara Sankranthi which is a winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India. The day marks the start of sun’s six-month long journey northwards or the Uttarayanam. This also represents the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac i.e. Makara or Capricorn.”
Thaipongal National Celebration was held at Nallur, Jaffna on 19th January 2014. Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudewa Nanayakkara graced the event as the chief guest.
Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration organized this event at Nallur in the association of Jaffna District Secretariat. The ceremony commenced at Nallur front. The guests were invited to the jubilee hall with the traditional dance and music. Several traditional cultural items were performed to mark Thaipongal.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development KN Douglas Devananda, Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, Indian Consul – Jaffna V.Mahalingam, Mayoress Mrs.Y.Patkunarajah , Government Agent of Jaffna district Sundaram Arumainyagam and several others took part in the event.