The offering of new rice took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Somawathie Sacred Site yesterday (April 15). A large gathering was also present at the function known as the “Kiri Aahara Pooja.”
The farmers offer the first part of the yield harvested from the Maha cultivation season, wishing a bountiful harvest at the next cultivation season. The President also joined the farmer community in offering the harvest and engaging in religious observances.
Thereafter the President paid a courtesy call on Chief Incumbent of the Somawathie Raja Maha Vihare, the Ven. Pahamune Sumangala Nayake Thera and made inquiries into his wellbeing.
Parallel to this event, the President also launched the work related to the construction of the safety sand bund to prevent the damage caused to the Sacred Site as a result of floods. Several Parliamentarians joined in this occasion.