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Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai (India) celebrates the 69th Anniversary of the Independence Day

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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 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 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.

 

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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 singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Sinhala. The next events of the programme were the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and two minutes silence to honour and respect the Sri Lankan nationals 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, followed by imparting of blessings and the Hindu observances by Ven. Vimal Sivachariar Swamigal of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai, Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai  led the Islamic religious observances  and 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 members of the Staff. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein underscored the spirit of unity that has prevailed in Sri Lanka through centuries and stressed on the need to work hard 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 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

Chennai

 

06th February,2017

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