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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Sinhala and Hindu New Year Celebrations in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, 28 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Sri Lankan nationals and the Swedish friends of Sri Lanka flocked together to celebrate the Sinhala and Hindu New Year in Stockholm. The celebration was held at the Kista Traff in Kista which is a suburb of Stockholm. More than 300 Sri Lankan nationals belonging to various ethnicities and Swedish friends of Sri Lanka joined this joyous event.

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Sweden, Ranjith Jayasooriya marked his presence as the Chief Guest of the event. Chief incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Thero and Maratugoda Maniratne Thero of the Dharma Pradeepa Buddhist Vihara Ven.Imbulane Dhammasiddhi of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara, were also present at this occasion. The Celebrations began with singing of the Sri Lanka’s national anthem and hoisting of the national flag. Traditional customs and games coupled with cultural items performed by the young and the old, added color to the event. Variety of  New Year games were held  in the Buddhist -  Hindu New Year Festival organized by the Sri Lanka Association in SwedenVariety of New Year games were held in the Buddhist - Hindu New Year Festival organized by the Sri Lanka Association in Sweden

The event commenced with the session of singing of Sinhala songs by many Sri Lankan nationals who had the talent to sing. Variety of New Year games were held and the participated children were gifted with a present. In keeping with the Sri Lankan tradition, all were treated to a traditional meal with 'avurudu' sweetmeats and dinner.

All Sri Lankans living in Stockholm attended the event to keep up the spirit of this traditional festival, and at the event all were united as one nation, fostering friendship and brotherhood among the members of the community.

Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya while thanking the Sri Lanka Association in Sweden for their tireless efforts to organize this event, in his speech highlighted the significance of the New Year 2009, as it dawns a United Sri Lanka, free from Separatist Terrorism. While commending the Sri Lanka Association in Sweden for organizing such events annually, to preserve the traditional values among the Sinhala and Hindu communities of Sri Lanka, which would be passed down to younger generations. He also commended their generosity in donating 40 artificial legs to army personals who suffered injuries during the fight against Terrorism. A section of the participant  in the  Hindu  and Buddhist New Year FestivalA section of the participant in the Hindu and Buddhist New Year Festival

Ambassador further stated that it is important for all Sri Lankans, immaterial of their ethnicity, to get-together to celebrate this New Year, especially at a time when the people of our country are united in hope and anticipation of an era of lasting peace and prosperity.

In the Ambassador’s speech he invited all the Sri Lankan expatriates living in Sweden, to join with the Government of Sri Lanka in the historic and noble Mission of reconciliation and reconstruction of our motherland.

- Asian Tribune -

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