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“Pongal” Cooked & Served to Thousands of Travelers by Army at EPS Gateway
[2012-01-15 18:55:35]

More than 10000 people crossing the Elephant Pass (EPS) gateway to Jaffna peninsula had a stop there short while to taste the largest “Pongal” cooked by Jaffna soldiers celebrating the “Thai Pongal Day”, an important Hindu cultural festival on Sunday (15).

Troops of the Security Forces – Jaffna created a model Hindu village at EPS and decorated the venue according to Hindu tradition. Serving Pongal” to each and every passerby commenced early in the morning and rice was cooked by the soldiers of the 55 Division at the location and gave packs of gifts to people with sponsorship of Unilever Company.

Chief Guest of the function General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ruwan Kulatunga and other invited gussets arrived in the venue around 9.30 a.m..

The cultural show organized by the SF-J at the same location attracted invited guests and visitors who stopped there to enjoy the treatment of soldiers. Students of Champianpattu Government Tamil Mixed School and Pulopallai Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School presented their performances at the show. Parcels of dry ration and garments were given away to Hindu families and gifts were distributed among students who presented traditional dances.

Religious leaders of Hindu, Catholic and Islam faith were present at the celebration. Brigade Commanders, Unit Commanders and soldiers of all ranks of the 55 Division contributed to make this grand event a success.

Meanwhile, 52 Division of Varani organized a separate Thai Pongal celebration at Chavakachcheri Cultural Hall the same day morning. Nearly 1000 civilians in the area attended the special Pooja followed by a cultural show presented by the Sri Lanka Army band, Chavakachcheri Kala Sangam and Varani School. Meals were provided to all present on the occasion

General Officer Commanding 52 division Brigadier Anura Sudhasinghe and other invited guests gave away gifts to those who presented cultural items at the event.

On concept of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, this Headquarters last year too served “Pongal” and tea to over 9000 people on the "Thai Pongal” Day to foster national unity through cultural harmony.

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