SRI LANKAN EXPATRIATES CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS
AT EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA IN WASHINGTON
Father Percy De Silva addresses the Sri Lankan community
from the Greater Washington area
The Sri Lanka Embassy’s annual Christmas
celebrations were held on a crisp and cold Washington evening
on 06 December, in keeping with the tradition of the Embassy of
commemorating the important festivals of all four world religions
practiced in Sri Lanka.
Deputy Chief of Mission Tissa Wijeratne began
the program with a welcome speech, explaining the importance of
participating in multi-religious events as a celebration of harmony
“Christmas of course is a time for giving
and receiving gifts,” Deputy Chief of Mission Wijeratne
told the gathering. “As Sri Lankans, we recognize that this
year we have received the greatest gift of all - peace and liberty
from the tyranny of violence.”
Everybody joined in to sing some popular carols, led by Mrs.
Father Percy De Silva of Kensington, Md. delivered
a Christmas prayer and Dr. Gregory Fernandopulle of the Sri Lanka
American Catholic Association of Metropolitan Washington spoke
on “The Significance of Christmas”.
Everybody joined in to sing some popular Christmas
carols, led by Mrs. Melita Ethelbert .
Minister P. Selvaraj delivered the voted of thanks.
After a brief program, the guests enjoyed Sri
Lankan food and tea and exchanged holiday pleasantries.
The embassy was decorated in the Christmas spirit,
including a large Christmas tree.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
11 December 2009