65th Independence Day Celebration of Sri Lanka in New Jersey
The 65th Anniversary of Sri Lankan Independence
was celebrated in grand style in an audience full of Sri Lankan
Expatriates in New Jersey, USA. The event was organized by the Sri
Lankan Mission in New York and was held on Sunday, February 10th,
2013 at the Piscataway High School in New Jersey. Sri Lankan
Expatriates of all different ethnic, religious, academic, political,
and social groups in the Tri-State area arrived in large numbers, in
spite of 12 inches of snow fall from a snow storm the day before.
The auditorium with a seating capacity of 800 was packed to full
capacity and there were standees of nearly 100 guests as well.
The event began at 3.00 PM with the lighting of
the traditional oil lamp by distinguish members of all ethnicities,
followed by Religious observances by Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, and
Islam priests. Sri Lanka Lion flag was hoisted by His Excellency Dr
Palitha Kohona the Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri
Lanka to the United Nations, and Major General Shavendra Silva, the
Ambassador & Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the
United Nations. A minute of silence was observed in honor of all
those who sacrifice their precious lives in the unity of Sri Lanka.
There were many colorful events of children's items that were of
National interest to Sri Lanka, that brought tears to the audience.
Another attraction was Musical evening with the guest performance by
Rukantha & Chandralekha.
The event was attended by well over 900 Sri Lankan
expatriates living in the east coast of the United States and was
well organized by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United
Nations in New York. There was a telecast of the independence day
speech of President Mahinda Rajapaske in Trincomalee. In addition,
the event concluded with a delicious Sri Lankan Buffet Dinner for
all attendes, that was also organized by the Permanent Mission of
Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.