Sri Lanka High Commission in London Celebrates the 71st Anniversary of the Independence Day on 4th February with the Sri Lankan community

High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera hoisting the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka High Commission

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrated the 71st Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka at the High Commission premises on Monday 04th February 2019 with the Sri Lankan community living in the United Kingdom.  The ceremony included hoisting of the national flag by High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera, singing the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages, conduct of multi-faith religious observances, reading of independence day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, address of the gathering by the High Commissioner, and serving of refreshments including kiribath and traditional sweet meats.  Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim members of the community participated in the ceremony.

Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland
Kurukkal Swamy Ramanathan of Sri Saibaba Temple, Wembley 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
As-Sheikh Mohammed Anas of Harrow Mosque invoking blessings on the gathering and the Motherland
High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera addressing the gathering at the Independence Day Celebrations
Deputy High Commissioner Mr Sugeeshwara Gunaratne reading H E the President’s Message in the Sinhala language
Counsellor Mr Christy Ruban reading Hon Prime Minister’s Message in the Tamil Language
Minister (Commercial) Ms Gothami Silva reading Hon Foreign Minister’s Message in the English Language