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President Sirisena participates in New Rice Festival

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The Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya or New Rice Festival is an important event for Sinhala Buddhists who take this opportunity to offer the first share of their harvest to the Lord Buddha and deities who provide them with security and strength to engage in farming activities. Here, President Maithripala Sirisena is seen joining in the event at the historical Somawathie Chethiya premises with the chief incumbent of the temple Most Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera and devotees in the area. (Pic by Sudath Silva)

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