The entire nation was with the Independent Television Network through the Soorya Mangalyaya programme.
This year’s programme, the New Year Arts Festival, is being organized by linking the North and the South. ITN is holding this event near the Ibbankatuwa tank bund in Dambulla and Velvettithurai in Jaffna. It will continue tomorrow. The Programme which kicked off this morning gave pride of place to cultural traditions. Many traditional sports event were held.
The New Year traditions were conducted at the auspicious times at special house built near the Ibbankatuwa tank under the patronage of Minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon and the Minister’s wife. These included the lighting of the hearth, cooking of the New Year meal, partaking of the first meal for the New Year and New Year transactions. The New Year transactions at the auspicious time took place with the participation of Minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon at the People’s Bank branch at Dambulla.
The Soorya Mangalyaya programme brought from Velvettithurai is being telecast over Wasantham TV, the sister Tamil Channel of ITN. An invitation is extended for the public to join in these events tomorrow too.