President Chandrika Kumaratunga today wished the Hindus of Sri Lanka on their premier festival ‘Deepawali’.
Hinduism is the religion practiced by around 15% of the country’s population and most the followers belong to the Tamil speaking community. There are Hindu temples in all parts of the country; some of them centuries old, such temples are revered by both the Hindus and Buddhists of Sri Lanka.
The President in her message said ‘Our peoples have over the years maintained and respected the core values, philosophies and cultures, unique to each religion. This is the basis for peaceful co-existence and national integration’.
Text of the President’s Deepawali message:
I extend warm greetings to all our Hindu citizens, who today celebrate Deepawali the festival of lights.
Hinduism and Buddhism two of the four main religions of this country have co-existed for centuries in our land. Our peoples have over the years maintained and respected the core values, philosophies and cultures, unique to each religion. This is the basis for peaceful co-existence and national integration.
Deepawali signifies the defeat of arrogance, evil and cruelty and attainment of wisdom.’Let us on this great day resolve to live in a united Sri Lanka in peace and friendship while protecting the national, religious and cultural identities of all our communities’.
I wish all our Sri Lankan Hindus a Happy Deepawali!
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