Indian High Commissioner to participate in the Church feast at Kachchativu
High Commissioner of India Mr. Ashok K. Kantha will be visiting the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church at Kachchativu Island.
According to a press release, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India will be on a two-day visit to Northern Province on 23-24 February 2013. Besides participating in various events in Jaffna and Vavuniya during his visit, High Commissioner will also attend the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church at Kachchativu Island.
The Press Release further said, The Annual Feast of St. Anthony’s Church on Kachchativu Island recommenced in 2010 after a gap of 26 years. Since then, this feast has been conducted every year with the participation of a large number of Indian and Sri Lankan devotees. In 2012, nearly 3500 Indian devotees participated in this traditional pilgrimage.
This year the ceremony is scheduled to be held on 23-24 February 2013. About 4000 Indian devotees are expected to participate in the feast. The Indian devotees will be arriving on the island on 23 February and will return on 24 February after the morning Mass.
The High Commissioner will visit Kachchativu Island on the morning of 24 February to attend the Mass. He will also meet with the Indian devotees during his visit.
Facilitation and full support is provided by the Government of Sri Lanka for this annual pilgrimage. The High Commission of India, Colombo and the Consulate General of India, Jaffna also deploys officials to the Island to assist the pilgrims.
- Asian Tribune -