A number of religious programmes were organized throughout the country to invoke blessings for the wellbeing of the people.
An overnight Pirith chanting ceremony was organized by the Public Services Buddhist Association at the Independence Square. The aim was to invoke blessing on the Government led by the President and the people. The event is annually organized by the association.
A Pirith chanting ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters to invoke blessings on the people. The religious observances were conducted under the patronage of Chancellor of the Kelaniya University the Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma Thera and the Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera. IGP Mahinda Balasuriya was amongst those who participated.
A Pirith chanting ceremony was held at the Horana Divisional Secretariat with the participation of Members of Maha Sangha led by the Ven. Meevana-palane Sumedha thera.
A Pirith chanting ceremony was organized at the Gangarama temple under the patronage of the Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera.
Devotees had gathered in churches in Batticaloa from mid-night to participate in services. The people have the opportunity to celebrate the New Year, as the area has speedily returned to normalcy.