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National Day Celebrations in Abuja

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High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, Mr. Thambirajah Raveenthiran is hoisting the National Flag 

The National day 2017, marking the 69 anniversary of independence was celebrated enthusiastically at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Programme comprised of flag hoisting, lighting of ceremonial oil lamp, singing of National Anthem, reciting of “Jayamangala Gatha”, reading of National Day messages of H.E the President, the Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs. As part of the observance, two minute silence was observed in memory of those armed forces personal who laid down their lives for the mother land.

The High Commissioner addressed the gathering on the significance of the occasion and also requested the Nigerians to visit Sri Lanka known as “Pearl in the Indian occasion” to enjoy the scenic beauty of this tropical Island Nation. The High Commissioner thanked the Sri Lankan community as well as Nigerian friends for their support and contribution in making the celebrations a great success.

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High Commissioner is addressing the gathering 

The added significance of this year’s celebrations was that that the event was covered by the highly popular Silverbird Television and also by a few prestigious dailies.  More than 50 Sri Lankans and Nigerian well-wishers attended the celebrations. Some of them present had travelled from Lagos, Abia and Kaduna which are far away from Abuja. Some Nigerian entrepreneurs and business men also graced the occasion. During the course of the celebrations a documentary on Sri Lanka’s tourism and another documentary on investment opportunity in the Sri Lanka were screened.

At the conclusion of the function, traditional Sri Lankan cuisine was served.

 

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka

Abuja, Nigeria.

04th February 2017

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