Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrated Christmas today, 23 December 2010, with the participation of Sri Lankans living in the UK representing Christians as well as Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims.
The event commenced with a welcome speech by High Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe. The High Commissioner highlighted the significance of Christmas and said that he was pleased to see the number of Sri Lankans who had gathered in the evening to celebrate this important event for the Christians. He said that the Christians in Sri Lanka can now join the Christians world over in joyous celebrations, sharing the spirit of festival, in an environment of peace.
Christian religious observances were performed by Father Rohitha Rodrigo, Catholic Chaplain for Sri Lankans in the UK.
Carols were sung by the Children’s International Voices Choir led by Dr. June. Deputy High Commissioner Mr. P M Amza delivered the vote of thanks.
The High Commission premises were decorated with Christmas decorations including illuminations. A reception was also held in honour of the guests.
High Commission of Sri Lanka
23 December 2010