President Rajapaksa joins in celebrating the Deepawali Festival with Hindu devotees of the motherland which is now totally free from fear of terrorists. A special function was organized at the President’s House in Nuwara Eliya to mark the event.
Children who have lost their parents as well as the Tamils of the Nuwara Eliya District gathered at the President’s House today to celebrate Deepawali which is of special significance to Hindu devotees worldwide.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that the Hindus can now celebrate the Deepawali Festival with freedom and in the spirit of unity as a unitary country and one nation after a lapse of several years. He emphasized that everyone should be united and dedicated towards developing the country and making the future of the posterity brighter. The President first of all wished a happy Diwali. He told them that the future of the country is theirs. The Government’s aspiration is to see that they live in unity sans differences when they enter society. Diwali is a day in which freedom is being celebrated after the reigns of a cruel king. This freedom is being celebrated after many years in one country and in unity. The President called on the children to study well and brighten their future. He said they will be dedicated to this task and do their optimum to ensure that place. He advised them to honour their parents, elders and teachers while respecting the temple, the church and the moscue. He concluded by saying that the Government would be dedicated to build a good country for them
The children who had lost their beloved parents received gifts from the President.
The Hindu Kovil in Nuwara Eliya was filled with devotees. The Hindus celebrated the event marking the progress that humans have made in the constant struggle for a better life in keeping with the great spiritual values of Hinduism.