New Year messages | Sunday Observer

New Year messages

Prime Minister

An occasion to deepen relationships

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wished all Sri Lankans a joyful Sinhala and Tamil New Year that inspires commitment in achieving sustained peace and prosperity.

He also highlighted the importance of conveying the traditional customs to the next generation and said that: “This will ensure future generations will be proud of our traditions and our nation.”

“Sinhala and Tamil New Year is the foremost national festivity celebrated across the country in the splendor of spring. It provides the ideal setting to deepen relationships with each other and share our rich cultural heritage.”


Let’s work together for a strong government

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya wishing everyone a prosperous new year reminded that the country hopes to see all parties of the government working together with mutual respect and understanding to bring about a stable and strong government.

“I wish all citizens of Sri Lanka a prosperous Sinhala and Hindu New Year that fulfills all those fair wishes and enlivens good customs and practices!,” Speaker wished in his New Year message.

For Sri Lankans, the Sinhala and Hindu New Year festival which unites all people for a common cause and awakens the strength of unity held by the people, is a rite that relates to their religion, livelihood and environment as well as a celebration. The Sinhala and Hindu New Year generates the desire to live in harmony respecting other cultures by reaffirming to us the fact that we all have a common source of life as living beings nurtured by the sun.

At this New Year, we should focus not only on creating a fresh environment by cleaning one’s house and the surroundings, but also on laying a firm foundation for the future by putting aside by- gone differences, paving way for pure thoughts. This fresh start with unity that is found in each and every household and village has become the essential hope for our motherland, the statement read.

Opposition Leader

A time to think of the less fortunate

Remembering especially the less fortunate, Opposition Leader and the Leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan said his prayers are for those who are less fortunate and have been suffering. May their longstanding sufferings come to an end during this New Year.

“My heartiest wishes to theTamil and Sinhala people of this country on this special day of Sinhala and Tamil New Year,” Sampanthan said.

Lasting peace and harmony is inevitable for a country to make progress in development and other areas of concern. My prayer is that in this New Year we will be able to overcome all the obstacles and challenges in framing a new Constitution which paves the way to achieve a lasting solution to the national question and gives the rights to the people to live with dignity, self-respect and self-esteem.

I appeal to all people, as we celebrate this New Year together, let us also work together to bring true peace, better understanding, ethnic harmony and genuine reconciliation among our people.”