68th Independence Day Celebrations
the Maradana Jumma Mosque:
The Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs celebrated
the day with a religious ceremony at the Maradana Jumma Mosque, Colombo
recently. Moulavi Gulam Mohamed and Quari Mohamed Faizal conducted
prayers in Sinhala and Tamil. Minister of Posts, Postal Service and
Muslim Religious Affairs M.H.A. Haleem, State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie,
MPs Mujeebur Rahuman, Ishak Rahuman, Ali Zahir Moulana, Western
Provincial Councillor M.S.M. Fairoos, Ambassadors, Director of the
Department M.H.M. Zameel, and Muslim religious dignitaries were present.
Pic by : Ruzaik Farook
Celebrations in Canada were held at the official residence of the
High Commissioner in Ottawa. It was attended by a large number of Sri
Lankan Canadians representing all communities. Religious discourses on
national unity were delivered by the Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic and
High Commissioner Ahmed A. Jawad highlighted the progress made by Sri
Lanka over the years and in particular in the last year. Sri Lanka, he
said,was at a crucial juncture where hard choices had to be made
regarding reconciliation and economic development to ensure a bright
future for the country and its people.
In Paris ...
The embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrated the Day at the Salons
Hoche, a prominent venue in Paris, with several events for the Sri
Lankan community living in France. Around 500 guests representing all
ethnic groups participated in the celebration.This was the first time in
the recent past, that a large number of Sri Lankans gathered together in
the true spirit of reconciliation.
The national anthem was played simultaneously followed by a two
minute silence for all national heroes who sacrificed their lives for
the country.The national day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena,
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh and the Foreign Minister Mangala
Samaraweera were read out in Sinhala and Tamil by Ambassador Tilak
Ranaviraja said measures were taken by the embassy and the government to
address issues faced by the Sri Lankan community living in France.
Celebratory events were held at the embassy premises in the presence
of a large gathering of the diplomatic community and senior officials
representing the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
Ambassadress Ms. Damayanthie Rajapakse hoisted the national flag She
said the government was commited to embark on post-conflict
reconciliation and had major plans for economic development.
Strengthening relations between Sri Lanka and Sweden was also emphasised.
In New York...
President of the General Assembly Morgens Lykketoft (R )
congratulates Ambassador Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent
Representative of Sri Lanka at the reception
The Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the United Nations held two events
to mark the Day.
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dr. Rohan
Perera hoisted the national flag in the presence of staff and
In keeping with the government's commitment to post-conflict
reconciliation and fulfilling one of the core recommendations of the
Lessons Learntand Reconciliation Commission, the national anthem was
played in full in Sinhala and Tamil. Independence Day messages of the
President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil wickremesinghe and
Foreign Minister Mangal Samaraweera were also read.
The President of the General Assembly Morgens Lykketoft congratulated
Sri Lanka on its 68th anniversary of Independence and Sri Lanka's
positive interactions with the UN throughout the years.
The evening event featured archival photographs on display throughout
the mission building that told the unique story of Sri Lanka's active
involvement in the work of the UN, since its admission as a Member