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Last modified on: 2/14/2013 6:25:49 PM 65th Independence Day Celebration of Sri Lanka in New Jersey

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.

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