|CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT THE SRI LANKA
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya addresses the Sri Lankan
community from the Greater Washington area
The Sri Lanka Embassy Washington’s annual
Christmas celebrations were held on 7 December 2008 in keeping
with the tradition of the Embassy of commemorating the important
festivals of all four world religions practiced in Sri Lanka.
In his welcome address to the large number of
Sri Lankan Christians and members of all Sri Lankan communities
from the Greater Washington area who participated in the event,
representing all communities of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya
noted that Christmas is celebrated across the world with immense
joy and happiness and for Christians it also symbolizes a very
deeply significant truth of the spiritual life - Christ was born
to bless the whole human race with peace and joy, life and light.
He gave a new and a spiritual turn to the lives of man. Thus a
new era dawned for the world. He noted that in Sri Lanka too a
new era is about to dawn.
The Rev. Father John Caulfield, of the Cathedral of St. Matthew
the Apostle, Washington DC addresses the
Sri Lankan community from the Greater Washington area
However difficult it may be, it is President
Rajapaksa’s belief that the efforts to find political solutions
to political issues should be continued. It is the Sri Lanka Government’s
duty to ensure to the Tamil people of the North the same democratic
rights as enjoyed by the people in all other parts of the country.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya invited all Sri Lankans
in the USA to come back to Sri Lanka and see for themselves the
major transformation that is taking place there, under the leadership
of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He invited all Sri Lankans in
the USA to work together with the Sri Lanka Embassy towards the
development of Sri Lanka and wished all present a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!
Everybody joined in to sing some popular carols, led by Mrs.
The Rev. Father John Caulfield, of the Cathedral
of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington D.C. spoke on the significance
of Christmas and delivered a Christmas prayer in English. Dr.
Gregory Fernandopulle delivered traditional Sri Lankan prayers
in Sinhala and Tamil. Sri Lankan American Catholic Association
of Metropolitan Washington President, Mr. Maxwell Amirthampillai
delivered the voted of thanks. Everybody joined in to sing some
popular carols, led by Mrs. Melita Ethelbert and participants
enjoyed delicious Christmas delicacies.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
09 December 2008