Pope tweets and blessings in three languages:
Thai Pongal Greetings from Sri Lanka’s Newly elected President Maithiripala Sirisena
Sri Lanka’s Hindus join their fellow Tamil religionists in most countries of the world today to celebrate Thai Pongal the traditional Thanksgiving and Harvest festival of the Hindu religious calendar.
It is the tradition at this festival to offer thanks to Surya – the Sun God, for the blessings received for a successful harvest. The Pongal or the boiling of milk and rice is another important aspect of this festival, which is also referred to as the Surya Mangalyam or the Festival of the Sun God, for all blessings received for success in agriculture and all aspects of livelihood. [MJ]
by K. Thirukumaran
“Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves for the Birth of Way” the renowned Tamil proverb has been in the centerpiece of Tamil heritage eternally. Tamil month of ‘Thai’, falling on January 15th, 2015 is Pongal day, the Tamil Thanksgiving Day celebrating sun, rain, farm cattle and ushering in pureness and prosperity.
Even a livelihood as traditional farmer declined over a generation or two ago, the time of the year Thai Pongal falls and the traditions associated with its celebration still makes it an ideal time to take stock of sentiments. [TW]
The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. His Holiness Pope Francis Arrives in Sri Lanka.
நாமனைவரும் காத்திருந்த தருணம் இதோ. பரிசுத்த திருத்தந்தை எம் இலங்கை நாட்டிற்கு வருகைதந்துள்ளார்
අපි බලාපොරොත්තුව සිටි මොහොත උදාවී අැත. අති උතුම් ෆ්රැන්සිස් ශුද්ධෝත්තම පියාණන් ශ්රී ලංකාවට සැපත් විය. [facebook.com/popevisitsrilanka2015]
Many facets of Thai Pongal: Pongal as Tamils’ Passover
Upholding tradition and heritage, Tamils observe Thai Pongal with festivities on January 14/15 across the globe
Among other things, Thai pongal has long become a festival marking or taking gauge of prosperous sentiments in the lands of our roots, as one aspiring to be a farmer declined over a generation or two ago, the time of the year Thai Pongal falls and the traditions associated with its celebration make it an ideal time to take stock of sentiments. [MJ]
75th birthday of K. J. Yesudas, January 10, 2015
♫ Difficult to to imagine any of his songs in another voice ♫ [TW]
What the Newly Sworn in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Plans to do in his First 100 Days of Office
100 Day Work Programme After Maithripala Sirisena Becomes President – Detailed diary description [DBSJ]
Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” has not left the Country but is in Kilinochchi Under Protective Custody Administering Three Orphanages
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Contrary to a news report in “The Hindu” where former Fisheries minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne is quoted as saying that ex-LTTE leader “KP”has left Sri Lanka, the former tiger stalwart is still living in Northern Sri Lanka.
“The Hindu”report filed by Meera Srinivasan from Colombo states that “Kumaran Pathmanathan or ‘KP’, who was wanted in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is missing from Sri Lanka”. [DBSJ]