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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

Multi-religious ceremony in memory of the 3rd anniversary of the tsunami disaster

New York, 02 January, ( A multi-religious ceremony was held last week at the New York Buddhist Vihara in commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Tsunami disaster. The ceremony which was organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and the New York Buddhist Vihara included observances of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.

In his sermon, the most Venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Chief incumbent of the New York Buddhist Temple, recalled the generosity of the people all over the world towards Tsunami victims.

Father George Perera of the Holy Family Church in New York recalled as to how people of all faiths and ethnicity in Sri Lanka united at the time of this disaster.

Mr. Hafiz Fazal on behalf of the Sri Lankan Muslim community in Sri Lanka recalled the lessons from Tsunami relief work in building trust and confidence among communities.

Swami Venkatash of the Hindu Temple in New York conducted Hindu religious prayers to invoke blessings on the victims of the disaster.

Speaking on this occasion, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, thanked the Government and the people of the Untied States, the Sri Lankan-American community and religious organizations, especially the New York Buddhist Vihara, for spearheading the immediate relief effort and continuing to support the people of Sri Lanka through the rebuilding phase.

The Ambassador also spoke about the substantial progress made in rebuilding and reconstruction of housing and infrastructure as well as the restoration of livelihood. He stressed the importance of commemorative events to reflect on the value of service to humanity and international cooperation as well as opportunities for revival.

The Ambassador in this context stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had in fact underlined the importance of recognizing the 26th of December each year as National Reawakening Day.

- Asian Tribune -

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