President Rajapaksa has said that the Sinhala and Tamil New Year should be made more meaningful on behalf of the children.
The President wished all Sri Lankans a happy and prosperous New Year. The New Year traditions coming down through centuries add to the joy of celebration. This joy can be passed on to the future generations by making the children aware of its importance in their way of life.
The President emphasized that every opportunity should be created for the children who cherish the New Year festivities, to join in observing the many rituals and traditions that are associated with it. This New Year is being celebrated at a time when production is progressing rapidly in agriculture and all other areas of development. The President extended his deep gratitude to the members of the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Corps, as well as all employees of the State and Private Sector who have made a commitment to be at their posts during the festive season.