Sri Lanka High Commission in London Celebrates the 72nd Anniversary of the Independence with the Sri Lankan community

Press Release

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrated the 72nd Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka at the High Commission premises on Tuesday 04 February 2020 with the Sri Lankan community living in the United Kingdom. The ceremony included hoisting of the national flag, singing the national anthem, conduct of multi-faith religious observances, observing two minutes silence in honour of all those who sacrificed their lives in defence of the Motherland, reading of independence day messages of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena, and address of the gathering by the Acting High Commissioner. The programme ended with the serving of refreshments including kiribath and traditional sweet meats.

Acting High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana hoisting the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka High Commission

Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland

Sivashri Thiyagaraja Lashmi Kandha Kurukkal of Seeradi Sai Temple, Ilford invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland

As-Sheikh Mohammed Anas of Harrow Mosque invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland

Rev Father Sudham Perera of Sri Lankan Sinhala Catholic Chaplaincy invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland

Acting High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana addressing the gathering at the Independence Day Celebrations

Counsellor (Administration & Consular) Christy Ruban reading Hon Prime Minister’s Message in Tamil

Minister (Commercial) Dr Lakmini Mendis reading Hon Foreign Minister’s Message in English