As a part of the celebrating religious and cultural festivals together, Kilinochchi District Celebration of the Sinhala Tamil New Year was held in Vattakachchi Maha Vidyalayam recently.
Over 1500 participants participated in the function which included students, teachers, education officials, community leaders and local politicians.
The programme was organised by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation ( ONUR) as a part of enhancing national unity in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankans representing a diverse religious, ethnic and cultural identity were able to promote a lifestyle of religious harmony and co-existence for several centuries. This has contributed to a harmonious society sans religion-based conflicts. However, occasions have arisen in the recent past where this peaceful environment has been subjected to a setback threatening the harmony and co-existence.
In a pluralist society, it is essential to have a profound understanding of the differences and appreciation of the religious, ethnic and cultural diversities in order to establish long-term peace and unity.