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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo celebrates the 69th Anniversary of Independence Day

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The 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was held on Thursday, 4th February 2017 at the Kotani Hall, Reiyukai in Tokyo organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka.

The Independence Day Ceremony was celebrated with the participaton of former Ambassadors to Sri Lanka and senior officials representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government Ministries and bodies of Japan as well as a large gathering of Japanese nationals and Sri Lankan expatriates in Japan.

The official ceremony of the Independence Day Celebrations commenced with the hoisting of  National Flag followed by the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. Two minutes silence was observed to commemorate the national heroes who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of the country. Religious observances on this occasion were conducted by the representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian Clergy for blessings of peace and prosperity for the country.  As customary, the National Day Messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were read out in all three languages. In addressing the gathering the Ambassador Professor Dammika Ganganath Disanayake emphasized that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to moving forward to be a progressive and democratic nation and to ensure continuation of political, economic and social freedom of the country.

Mr. Saman Athaudahetti, Additional Secretary/Media to Honorable Prime Minister also attended the ceremony. 

The official ceremony was followed by “Nidahase Sandewa” a musical concert organized by the Mission to coincide with the official celebrations. This concert featured performances by prominent singer Nanda Malani including her popular songs in addition to a variety of patriotic songs entertaining the audience. The “Nidahase Sandewa” musical event was directed by the prominent music director Visharada Nawaratne Gamage and the concert was compered by renowned radio and television presenter, Additional Secretary, Media to the Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Saman Athaudahetti. 

A large number of Japanese nationals and members of the Sri Lankan community in Japan participated in the national day celebrations and enjoyed traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. 

 

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Tokyo


13th February 2017

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