EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA COMMEMORATES RAMADAN
An Iftar reception was held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington
D.C. on 15th October to commemorate the Holy month of Ramadan
the most important month in the Islamic calender. It was attended
by a cross-section of the Sri Lankan Muslim community resident
in the greater Washington area and representatives of the Sri
Lanka related associations in the area.
The concept of hosting commemorative events at the Embassy for
each of the religions practiced by Sri Lankans was initiated last
year. Consequently this year, The Thai Pongal was celebrated in
January. In May a Sangika Dana was held at the Embassy to commemorate
Wesak Poya Day and a commemorative event will be held in December
to celebrate Christmas.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Bernard A.B. Goonetilleke,
said such events are intended to not only help us appreciate our
respective cultures and demonstrate the continued unity amongst
us, but also to ensure that the Embassy was viewed as an inclusive
institution, which caters to the cultural, social and religious
needs of all Sri Lankans.
Mr. Mohamed Mushin spoke on the significance of Ramadan and a
reception followed the breaking of the fast and Maghrib Prayers.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
17 October 2006