Happy Sinhala/Tamil New Year! இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!


THAYALAN, Illinois :

Today’s a day of solidarity, a day we should see ourselves as a Sri Lankan people or at least as human beings.
It is a day to appreciate that we’re still alive and among the companionship of our family and friends.
To highlight the bond between our communities through our culture and shared experiences.
To remind us of the loved ones who perished over the years.
To remind us of our past mistakes.
Three years have past since the end of a 30 year military civil war yet the suffering still continues to this day.
Suffering led to anger and anger was manipulated into division.
Does it have to define us forever, does the civil war need to continue in our hearts?
Was the war between Tamils and Sinhalese or was there more to it?
Will the root causes be answered by the “leaderships” of our communities?
Will there be a day that we can move on from the past?
I believe it will one fine day, just not sure when.
The people of the island are stuck together since birth.
It’s not like they were married and can divorce at any time.
They were born as siblings to the same mother. No matter what we do or feel, they’re going to live there on that tiny island until the end of time.
The only way we can move forwards is if we correct our wrongs in solidarity.When a Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim, Burgher, etc can come together and without any feeling of animosity with one another, work together towards achieving the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

May Sri Lanka see the light soon and this day be a day of solidarity for making that hope a reality.

Thanks, ස්තුති, நன்றி


Born: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 

Live: Champaign, IL


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