|SRI LANKA EMBASSY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH THE SRI
LANKAN COMMUNITY IN THE GREATER WASHINGTON AREA
With the Embassy being engaged in celebrating
Sri Lanka’s major religious festivals over the past three
years, the celebration of Christmas was scheduled for December
16, 2007. However, due to inclement weather, the Embassy ultimately
ended up celebrating Christmas with the Sri Lankan community in
the Greater Washington area, on Sunday December 30, 2007.
As the chilly weather outside contrasted with
the warmth and glow of festive decorations at the Embassy, the
Sri Lankans in the Greater Washington area gathered at the Embassy
to celebrate the spirit of the season. Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke
began the program with a welcome speech, explaining the importance
of participating in multi-religious events as a celebration of
harmony among diversity. He said the Embassy is a place where
all religions are respected and people belonging to all denominations
Dr. Gregory Fernandopulle conducted the Christmas
Prayer. Following this, the spirit of seasonal joy pervaded the
environment, as the gathering joined in singing Christmas carols.
The religious program was followed by a reception with seasonal
goodies laid out for the enjoyment of the guests.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
03 January 2008