EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA HOSTS “DELIGHTFUL EVENING
OF SRI LANKAN CULTURE” WITH INTERNATIONAL CLUB OF DC
Members of the International Club of DC were
hosted by Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Wickramasuriya
at their elegant Embassy Row Residence on Saturday, July 25,
The well attended event was filled with enthusiasts
from a range of countries, who were treated to sights, sounds
and tastes of Sri Lanka.
Guests were able to witness the beauty of Sri
Lanka on a large projection screen while live traditional Sri
Lankan music was performed by a group of talented Sri Lankans
from the Greater Washington D.C. area. A group of young dancers
then mesmerized the guests with a graceful performance of traditional
and modern Sri Lankan dance.
A sumptuous Sri Lankan dinner which included
traditional items of food was followed by a demonstration of
“how to brew the perfect cup of Ceylon tea”.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya
presented a brief history about Sri Lanka, and its long-standing
relationship with the United States. Ambassador Wickramasuriya
invited the guests to visit Sri Lanka, stating, “I
was there last month and I can tell you that it is a happy place,
full of new freedom and excitement for a future of peace, happiness
and prosperity. We would love to share that experience with
you”. At the end of the event, many of the attendees
signed up to take part in a tour to Sri Lanka, which is to be
organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy shortly.
International Club of DC, with a membership
base of over 35,000 is Washington's premiere organization for
internationally-minded professionals who enjoy international
cultural experiences as well as social, educational, and outdoor
events while helping the community. Addressing the gathering
at Saturday’s event, Sanjaya Hettihewa, President of the
Club explained that this event is especially significant for
him as Sri Lanka was the country he grew up in before moving
to the United States, and that the organization will be looking
forward to working closely with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in
Washington DC on several more projects.