Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu celebrated Sri Lanka’s 64th National Day on 4th February 2012. The Embassy held two functions to celebrate the event in Kathmandu. The morning celebrations were held at the Embassy premises with the hoisting of the national flag by His Excellency Mr. Thosapala Hewage, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal and singing the national anthem, followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony. Sri Lankan community in Nepal participated at the event.
Religious observances by Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths were an important part of the ceremony. National Day messages of His Excellency the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka were also read and a two minute silence was observed in honour of all the national heroes who have sacrificed their lives for the country. An alms giving (Dana Pooja) was organized at the Chancery for nearly 15 religious leaders who were present at the event.
A dinner- reception was organized at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu on 4th evening for the prominent politicians of Nepal, resident Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic corps, members of business community, media personnel and other prominent personalities. Rt. Hon. Pramanand Jha, Vice-President of Nepal has graced the event as the Chief Guest. About 300 invitees participated at this function.
Sri Lanka Embassy
06th February 2012