The National ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalya’ (New Rice Festival) was held yesterday (04) under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Services for the 54th time under the guidance of Chief Incumbent of Atamasthana Ven. Prof. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thero.
A large number of farmers from various regions of the country were present hoping to receive blessings of the nature and the Triple Gem to receive timely showers, bountiful of harvest and prosperous economy for the country.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa performed the traditional custom of filling the bowl with fresh rice amidst the chanting of Seth Pirith by the Maha Sangha led by Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thero.
The Ministers and MPs along with farmers from different parts of the country filled the bowl with fresh rice.
The Commissioner General of Agrarian Development Mr A.H.M.L. Abeyratne presented the first copy of the magazine compiled by the Department of Agrarian Development to mark the New Rice Festival to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Following the traditional ceremony, the President paid homage to the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya, and obtained blessings.
The Maha Sangha, Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister S.M. Chandrasena, Governor of the North Central Province Maheepala Herath, State Ministers Duminda Dissanayake, Shashindra Rajapaksa, Shehan Semasinghe, Channa Jayasumana, MP K.P.S. Kumarasiri, and public officials were also present.