Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, (center) chats with Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, during a Diplomatic reception to celebrate the Sinhala-Tamil New Year at Sri Lanka’s   Ambassador's residence
in Washington

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya hosted a diplomatic reception at his residence April 22 to celebrate the Sinhala-Tamil New Year.

The event featured traditional Sri Lankan food, the lighting of an oil lamp and a presentation by Sarindee Wickramasuriya explaining the customs of the Sri Lankan New Year.

Guests enjoy traditional food as part of the New Year celebration 2010 at the Washington, D.C., Sri Lanka residence.

Guests included diplomats and U.S. Government Officials, business people involved in Sri Lanka and scholars.

Officials of the U.S. administration and other guests take part in the Sinhala-Tamil New Year celebrations held at the Sri Lanka Ambassador’s  residence in Washington DC.

“In Sri Lanka, this holiday allows people to forgive and forget the past, and to look forward,” Ambassador Wickramasuriya told his guests. “We put our differences behind us and pledge to one another to live peacefully together in the future.

“That is especially important for Sri Lanka this year. Our conflict with terrorism is over. We are working hard on reconciliation.”

Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States (right), Deputy Chief of Mission Tissa Wijeratne (second from right) and Embassy Staff celebrate the Sinhala-Tamil New Year at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington.

Previously, the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C., held a Sinhala-Tamil New Year celebration at the Embassy on April 14.

Additionally, Ambassador Wickramasuriya and Embassy staff took part in an April 17 New Year celebration hosted by the Sri Lanka Association in Washington, D.C.

During that event, Ambassador Wickramasuriya told the audience, “Like many of you, I have never been more hopeful and excited for the future of Sri Lanka than I am today.”

Yet another New Year celebration was held by the Venerable Katugastota Uparathana Nayake Thero  at the Buddhist temple in Wheaton, Maryland.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC

27 April 2010


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