56th National New Rice Festival Celebrates Prosperity and Abundance in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: The 56th National New Rice Festival kicked off in Anuradhapura today, marking the beginning of the country’s traditional new year season. The festival, which is held annually, celebrates the first harvest of the new rice crop and is a symbol of prosperity and abundance.
The festival was inaugurated by the President of Sri Lanka, who performed the traditional rituals to bless the new harvest. The festival is being held in compliance with all necessary health and safety protocols due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival features a variety of events, including cultural performances, traditional games, and food stalls serving local delicacies made with the new rice crop. The festival is also a platform for farmers to showcase their produce and exchange knowledge on best farming practices.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the President emphasized the importance of agriculture in the country’s economy and pledged to support the farming community. “The new rice festival is not just a celebration of the harvest, but also a recognition of the hard work and dedication of our farmers,” he said.
The festival, which will run for three days, is expected to draw thousands of visitors from across the country. It is a testament to Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and its commitment to preserving its traditions