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Independence celebrations in Paris

14 February, 2021
Religious dignitaries at the ceremony
Religious dignitaries at the ceremony

Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Paris celebrated the 73rd Anniversary of the National Independence of Sri Lanka on February 4 in the Embassy premises.

The proceedings commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador - designate Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, followed by singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka and lighting of the oil lamp. A two-minute silence was observed in honour of those who scarified their lives for the protection of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.

Religious observations by dignitaries representing all four major religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, were held to bless the country, the leaders and the people.

Ven. Parawahera Chandaratana Thera (Chief Incumbent of the International Buddhist Centre), Ven. Kongasdeniye Ananda Thera (Paris Bauddha Vihara and Dhammachakka Buddhist Association) and Ven. Murungasyaye Gnaniswara Thera (Jethawana Bauddha Vihara), Swamy P R Varatharaja Kurukkal (Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam), Mohomad Nawas and Rev. Father Janith Kaushalya participated in religious observances.

The National Independence Day messages from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Foreign Minister were read by Ambassador designate Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama and Minister Rohitha Nugapitaya. Tamil language messages were read by Shiyamala Shammugaraja.