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Leaders Send ‘Puthandu Vazthukkal’

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Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, Modi, Camerons, Samantha Cameron at Wembley

Prime Ministers David Cameron, Narendra Modi besides prominent leaders greet the Tamil community….reports Asian Lite News. Tamils in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other places also celebrate the New Year on the first day of Chithirai

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, Modi, Camerons, Samantha Cameron at Wembley
Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, Modi, Camerons, Samantha Cameron at Wembley

Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain’s Tamil and Sinhalese communities are huge success stories and doing great things.

In his special message, the prime minister said he is looking towards to work closely with the Sri Lankan government to fasten the rehabilitation process of the Tamil community.
“I would like to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain and Sri Lanka celebrating Aluth Avurudda and to all Tamil communities celebrating Puthandu today,” said Cameron. ”  I know this is an incredibly important time when millions of people will be coming together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their New Year.
“But it is also a time to remember that Britain’s Tamil and Sinhalese communities are huge success stories and doing great things for our nation. I see this contribution every day. I see how Tamil and Sinhalese businessmen and women are boosting the economy by creating jobs and opportunities. I see how you contribute to our public services – as teachers in our schools, doctors in our hospitals. I see what you do in building strong communities. You play an immensely positive role.
 
“When I met with President Sirisena in Malta last year, I announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights, recognising the considerable progress Sri Lanka has made and helping to ensure that President Sirisena can advance the important reform work he has already begun.
 
I look forward to working with the Sri Lankan government and I hope that this New Year will bring communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past.
To everyone celebrating Puthandu and Aluth Avurudda, I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Report from Chennai

Tamil Nadu heralded “Dunmuki” – the Tamil New Year – Thursday with traditional fervour with people visiting temples in the morning.

“Puthandu Vazthukkal” (New Year greetings) is how friends and relatives greeted one another in the morning in person or over the phone. The Tamil New Year is celebrated on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai, which normally falls on April 13 or 14 every year.

“We got up early and went to the nearby temple which was crowded because of Tamil New Year,” J.Muralidharan a resident of Mylapore in south Chennai told IANS.

The houses are decorated with kolam (rangoli) outside the front door. Mango leaf streamers adorned the door frames.

All the popular temples here – Kapaleeswarar Temple, Sri Parthasarathy Temple and others – were crowded with people since morning. At big temples, the almanac for the New Year was read.

At home, Tamilians feasted on dishes like vada and payasam (sweet dish) and other savouries were being prepared.

The special dish of the day is the ‘Mango Pachidi’ made with neem flowers, jaggery, mango, green chilli, salt and tamarind juice representing the six major emotions that humans experience.

Tamils in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other places also celebrate the New Year on the first day of Chithirai.