Sri Lanka High Commission celebrates 71st Independence Day
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Crisanthe De Silva, High Commissioner, High Commission of Sri Lanka in Dhaka, giving his speech in the morning session of the ceremony
Dhaka : The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh celebrated the 71st anniversary of the National Day of Sri Lanka at its premises simultaneously with the main ceremonial celebrations held in Colombo on February 4.
The event was held under the auspices of the High Commissioner Crisan the De Silva in two sessions - morning and evening.
The morning event commenced with the High Commissioner hoisting the national flag. Then, the national anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. A large gathering of Sri Lankans living in Bangladesh and well-wishers were present at the event.
Subsequently, the traditional oil lamp was lit by the High Commissioner and the distinguished invitees representing all communities in Sri Lanka. A two minutes' silence was observed in memory of the martyrs.
Religious observances on this occasion were conducted by Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Catholic religious dignitaries. Most Reverend Dimbul Kumbure Wimaladhamma Anunayake Thero of Malwaththa Chapter delivered the Buddhist sermon followed by other religious dignitaries.
National Day message of President was read out by High Commissioner followed by messages of Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs which were read out by Second Secretary (DCM) and Consular Officer respectively.
The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of the Independence Day and expressed his gratitude to Sri Lankan expatriate community in Bangladesh for their services that have continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of Sri Lanka while strengthening the bilateral relations bet-ween the two countries.
Md. Shahriar Alam, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended as chief guest at the evening event which was held under the patronage of the High Commissioner and graced by over 200 dignitaries including High Commissi-oners, Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and senior diplomats, senior state officials, members of the business community of both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Sri Lankan professionals, members of the civil society were also present.