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    April 03, 2014

    The 47th New Rice Festival - 'Aluth Sahal Mangalya' was held near the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura today with the participation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    The procession carrying the maiden rice gathered fresh from the field entered the Sri Maha Bodhi Maluwa from the Eastern entrance with the sounds of Magul Bera and Hewisi.

     

    Chief Incumbent of the Atamastana Ven.Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera placed the first handful of rice in the bowl that was placed on a special platform.  Thereafter  Minister S.M.Chandrasena and the Farmers also joined in filling the bowl amidst chanting of Seth Pirith.

     

    President Mahinda Rajapapaksa who arrived at the premises, after filling the bowl with rice worshiped the Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and obtained the blessings. The bowl of local rice devoid of poisonous substances was offered to the Maha Sangha by the President.

     

    Adivasi Chief Uruwarige Wanniyalatto offered bee honey and ghee to the Maha Sangha according to the local tradition.

     

    A souvenir to mark the Aluth Sahal Mangalya was handed over to the President by the Commissioner General of Agrarian Services Development M.A.Sunil Weerasinghe.  

     

    The historical new Rice Festival came to a conclusion with the invoke of blessings upon the President, the country and the people by the Maha Sangha.

     

    Maha Sangha led by the Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Seya Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera, Governor of the North-central Province Karunaratne Divulgane, Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith, Deputy Ministers W.B.Ekanayake, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Sarath Chandrasiri, Hemal Gunasekera were among those who participated in the ceremony.

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