Celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu celebrated Sri Lanka’s 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day on 4th February 2016 at the Chancery with the hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador W. M. Senevirathna and singing the national anthem followed by two minute silence observed in honour of all the national heroes who have sacrificed their lives for the country.
Ambassador Senevirathna and some other selected Sri Lankan nationals have lighted the traditional oil lamp. Religious observances were conducted by Buddhist Monks and different religious dignitaries such as Most Ven. Dr. Gnanapurnika Maha Thero-Deputy Sanga Nayaka of Nepal and Most Ven. Maitri Maha Thero, Pandit Hem Sharma-Hindu, Md.Maulana Iqbal Imam- Islamic and Dr. Simon Pandey-Christian.
National Day messages of His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena, the President, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister and Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka were also read in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The Sri Lankan nationals living in Nepal and other personnel from different sectors who helped the Embassy’s activities participated this event. Addressing the gathering, Head of Mission stated that how important the duty of Sri Lankan expatriates towards Motherland Sri Lanka and briefed the Government policy on development on Sri Lanka as well as the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal.
An alms giving (Dhana) was organized at the Official Residence over 20 members of the Mahasanga who were present at the event. At the end of the event traditional refreshments were served to the gathering.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
05 February 2016