The President paid homage to the Kirivehera with the dawn of New Year.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived in the sacred area last night participated in the Pirith Chanting ceremony held annually to commemorate the Late S.W.R.D. Bandaranayake and Sirimavo Bandaranike. He also called on the Chief Incumbent of Kirivehera the Ven Dr.. Aluthwewa Soratha thera and paid homage to the “Ashta-phala” Bodhi. He participated in the rituals of the Kataragama Devala and exchanged views with the people who had arrived in the sacred area. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Chamal Rajapaksa, Shahindra Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapksa and family members along with Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera and Jagath Pushpakumara were also present.