On Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s eve, the following message issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday 13 April 2020
ஆரியச்சக்கரவர்த்தி வம்சம்ආර්ය චක්රවර්තී රාජවංශය
Arya Cakravartti Dynasty
A MESSAGE FROM HRH THE RAJA REMIGIUS KANAGARAJAH OF JAFFNA
FOLLOWING THE SINHALA AND TAMIL NEW YEAR
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a significant festival, symbolizing the ending of the old year and beginning of the New Year.
This festival is celebrated in the month of April; it is an important traditional festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to celebrate together the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Every year, the festival is celebrated on a grand scale with family, relatives and friends.
The number one priority is to protect the people and slow down the spread of the virus. Therefore, I would like to kindly ask every one of you to stay at home. By doing this we can easily use to help slow down the spreading of this deadly virus.
Please try to keep yourself busy while staying home, stay creative, stay healthy, stay safe, be kind to everyone and try to help your family, friends, and your neighbours during this difficult time.
I urge everyone of you to remain calm and not to panic. Keeping your distance is the best way to show you care and please follow the orders given by the authorities.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation circulating on social media could mislead the public. Therefore, please follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities and the official government news.
Together we will overcome this crisis and keep faith there is always a bright future ahead of us.
I would like to acknowledge and commend the services rendered by the Tri-Forces and the Police, during this difficult time.
I would also like to thank all doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that we must all stand together in solidarity to defeat COVID-19 and I am certain we will overcome it.
Although I am not there, my thoughts and prayers are with you all now and always.
Wish you all a very Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!