Navy holds 'Avurudu Pola'
Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) of the
Ministry of Defence Mrs. S Basnayake declared open the Annual 'Avurudu
Pola' (New Year Fair) of the Sri Lanka Navy gracing the festival as
the Chief Guest today (10th Friday, April 2015) at the Welisara
Mrs. Basnayake was received by the Chairperson of
the Sri Lanka Navy's Welfare Unit Mrs. Shalika Perera upon her
arrival at the venue. Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha
Perera was also present.
The New Year festival and the trade fair was held
in view of the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The mega 'Avurudu
Pola' was organized under the patronage of the Navy Seva Vanitha
Essential New Year items and other household items
were available at a concessionary rate in order to assist the naval
personnel and their families during the festive season. Chief Guest
Mrs. Basnayake accompanied by senior officials visited the stalls
and also exchanged pleasantries with the families.
Chief Guest also performed the traditional rite of
"Kiri Ithiraweema" (Boiling of pot of milk till spill-over) at the
invitation of the Commander of the Navy while opening the New Year
festival. All the customary New Year games were held during the
session. Mrs. Basnayake was also invited to garland the Avurudu
Kumari (Miss New Year 2015) during the traditional games.
Senior Navy Officials, SVU members and a large
gathering of family members were present at the occasion.