|President's New Year Message: We warmly welcome the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which brings unity and prosperity|
|Tuesday, 08 April 2008 00:00|
We know that agriculture and the abundance it creates gave birth to the New Year. The Government has during the period that has elapsed devoted much to ensure the prosperity of the land through the empowerment of agriculture. We know that the nation has reaped a harvest of excellent achievements. Hence, it is comforting that this New Year has dawned at a time when the nation is conscious of its dignity.
The unity and fraternity generated by celebrating the New Year according to tradition and customs is a fillip to the country's prosperity. I hope everybody would unite to observe the New Year in the traditional way. I appeal to all to set an example to our future generations by abstaining from talking intoxicants during the festive season.
We express our gratitude to members of the armed forces and the police as well as to others who are in duty during the New Year season to ensure security and other service to the people.
I wish you all a happy New Year.