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68th Sri Lanka Independence Day celebrations at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome


The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome celebrated the 68th Anniversary of Sri Lanka National Day on 04th February 2016 with the  Sri Lankan community in Italy present at the Embassy premises.

The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by H.E. Daya Pelpola, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy.  The National Anthem was sang in Sinhala and Tamil with the participation of children from the Sri Lankan community.  Two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect for fallen heroes. Religious ceremony followed conducted by the religious dignitaries of the respective faiths.  


The messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Foreign Minister were read-out in three languages.  Thereafter, Ambassador Pelpola addressed the gathering.

The Ambassador acknowledged the steps taken by past leaders to obtain social, political and economical freedom for the nation. Referring to the Government's aim to uplift the economic, social well-being and bring about new political culture of good governance where in all citizens will be given an equal opportunity, as for the Sri Lankan community in Italy, the Ambassador stated in furtherance of Government's aim he has initiated the setting up of a new telephone system and has taking steps to shift the Embassy to a more suitable premises which will provide better facilities to the general public.  He pointed out that the Sri Lanka Consulate General has been opened in Milan.  


Following the official function Dana was offered to the Maha Sanga by the officers of the Mission.  The Sri Lankan community present at the Independence Day celebrations were treated with traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeats and refreshments by the staff of the Embassy. 


The Embassy of Sri Lanka


09 February 2016



Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo celebrates 68th Anniversary of Independence Day


The 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was held on Thursday, 4th February 2016 at the Reiyukai Hall in Tokyo organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka.

The Independence Day Ceremony was celebrated in the presence of Ambassador Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka, former Ambassadors to Sri Lanka and senior officials representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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 was 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. The religious observances on this occasion were conducted by the representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian Clergy with the blessings for the peace and prosperity of 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 Ambassador Professor Dammika Ganganath Disanayake emphasized that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to move forward to be a progressive and democratic nation to embark the political, economic and social freedom of the country.

The Emeritus Professor Sunil Ariyaratne also delivered the Memorial Speech illuminating the gathering on “Nidahas Aragalaye Mahajana Bhoomikawa” depicting the efforts of the people of Sri Lanka at the National Independence Movement of the country. Mr. Saman Athaudahetti, Additional Secretary/Media to Honorable Prime Minister also attended the celebrations. 


On this day, a musical concert had been organized by the Mission to coincide with the official celebrations. The Veteran Sri Lankan Musicians and Singers Amarasiri Peiris and Nawaratne Gamage participated at the Musical concert with the rendition of patriotic songs thus entertaining the audience.  

A large number of Japanese nationals and members of the Sri Lankan community in Japan were gathered at the occasion and enjoyed traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. 







Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai (India) celebrates the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day


The ceremony to mark the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka was commenced in the early morning at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai with the offering of “Heel Danaya” for the monks of the Mahabodhi centre in Chennai and other monks who are in Chennai on pilgrimage.  The official flag hosting ceremony was later commenced amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian well-wishers.


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 the National Anthem of Sri Lanka. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, two minutes of silence was also observed to honour and respect the members of the security forces and others 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 and imparted blessings. Dr. T.S. Shanmugam Sivachariar Swamigal, Chief Priest & Administrator of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai conducted the Hindu observances. Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai  led the Islamic religious observances  followed by Christian prayers by Rev. Fr. Edward Selvaraj, 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 he underscored that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country where people have lived peacefully for thousands of years. 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 with the guests enjoying a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.




Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka
04 February 2016

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Baghdad celebrates 68th anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Embassy in Baghdad celebrated 68th Independence day of Sri Lanka in the Embassy premises on 4th February 2016.

The event was commenced with hoisting of National Flag by Charge d' Affaires a.i Mr.H.M.B.Herath and followed by the singing of National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages.

After lighting the traditional oil lamp CdA address the gathering. During his welcome speech he mentioned that Iraq and Sri Lanka have a strong relationship since 1971 till today, these two countries stood together in difficult time and help each other during the crises. Further he requested Iraqi business community to enhance the bilateral trade with Sri Lanka. 

The National day message from H.E the President Maithripala Sirisena was delivered by CdA in Sinhala and in English. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe's Independence day message was delivered by Attaché Mr Rizab in Tamil language and followed by the Message from Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera in English.


The event was attended by the Sri Lankan community live in Iraq, Sri Lankan Migrant Employees, Officials from Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Members of Iraqi Chamber of Commerce including Federal Secretary General and Iraqi Business Community who interest of International Trade between two Countries.


The ceremony concluded with the serving of Sri Lankan traditional food, refreshments which was enjoyed by all.


Embassy of Sri Lanka
Republic of Iraq
05th February 2016





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

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