The celebration of Easter is a social recognition of the ability of humans to overcome the trials of life, through the path of salvation offered by Jesus Christ, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Easter message.
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of Maldives and Mrs. Nasreena Gayoom were welcomed on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, on Wednesday, (16).
The most valued quality of this Avurudu festival is taking the ideal of understanding and cohesion beyond the family, to the village, the city and the entire country; President Mahinda Rajapaksa states in his Sinhala-Tamil New Year message.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathne and his family visited, the Carlton House Tangalle this morning to greet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family for the New Year. They were cordially welcomed by the President who is in Tangalle with his family for the new year celebrations.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the historic Kataragama Sacred City on Thursday. The President first visited the historic Kirivehera and received blessings after participating in religious observances. President Rajapaksa also joined in the Lakhanda Maha Adishtana Ashirvada Pooja at the Kirivehera Sacred Site. He joined in the Pinkama by lighting oil lamps.
'Avurudu Nekath Seettuwa', the traditional document that lists the 'nekath' (auspicious times) for the customs to be followed during the Sinhala and Hindu New Year was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (10) at Carlton House in Tangalle.
The traditional document was handed over to the President by the Minister of Culture and the Arts T. B. Ekanayake at an event organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Arts.
Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts Wasantha Ekanayake and Ministry officials were present.