Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai (India) celebrates the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day

The ceremony to mark the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka was commenced in the early morning at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai with the offering of “Heel Danaya” for the monks of the Mahabodhi centre in Chennai and other monks who are in Chennai on pilgrimage. The official flag hosting ceremony was later commenced amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian well-wishers.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, Mr. Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, ceremonially hoisted the National Flag amidst the beating of traditional drums of Magul Bera followed by the singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, two minutes of silence was also observed to honour and respect the members of the security forces and others who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.

Opening the multi- faith religious observances, Monk in-charge of Mahabodhi Centre in Chennai Ven. Kalavane Mahanama Thero conducted the Buddhist religious observances and imparted blessings. Dr. T.S. Shanmugam Sivachariar Swamigal, Chief Priest & Administrator of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai conducted the Hindu observances. Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai led the Islamic religious observances followed by Christian prayers by Rev. Fr. Edward Selvaraj, Parish Priest, Fathima Church, Chennai .

The tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka was read by members of the Staff. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein he underscored that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country where people have lived peacefully for thousands of years. He expressed his gratitude to Sri Lankan establishments and expatriate community in Southern India for their exemplary services that have continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of the country strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The official segment of the event was concluded with the guests enjoying a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission
Chennai
04.02.2016

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