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The 69th Anniversary celebrations of the Independence of Sri Lanka commenced with the offering of “Heel Danaya” for the monks of the Mahabodhi centre in Chennai and also with other monks who were on pilgrimage, at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. During the Heel Danaya, Chief incumbent of Maha Bodhi Centre in Chennai highlighted the importance of freedom for any country and also paid tributes to those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of Independence of Sri Lanka. Further, the incumbent thanked the new Sri Lankan Government for their reconciliation efforts.
The official flag hoisting ceremony began amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian well-wishers amounting to more than 175 persons.
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 National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Sinhala. The next events of the programme were the lighting of the traditional oil lamp followed by observing two minutes silence for honouring the Sri Lankan War heroes and other Nationals who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland.
The next event was opening the multi-faith religious observances commenced with the Buddhist religious observances, followed by imparting of blessings and the Hindu observances by Ven. Vimal Sivachariar Swamigal of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai, the Islamic religious observances was led by Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai and final religious observance was the Christian prayers by Rev. Fr. Manuvel, Parish Priest, Fathima Church, Chennai .
The tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka was read by the Officers of our Mission. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein he underscored the spirit of unity that has prevailed in Sri Lanka through centuries and emphasized on the need of hard work to achieve national unity in all aspects with reconciliation among all communities to build a future of peace, freedom and prosperity.
Further, 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 by singing the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Tamil language. Highlighting the Sri Lankan hospitality, the participants were offered a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.
The Independence Day Reception is slated to be held on Thursday, 09th February, 2017 with the participation of Diplomatic Corps, Government officials, Business Community and well-wishers of the host country.
Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka
06th February, 2017