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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Independence Day celebrations in Saudi Arabia

By S.H.Moulana
Riyadh, 06 February, (

Sri Lanka’s 69th Independence Day was celebrated in many parts of Saudi Arabia, the embassy in Riyadh is giving the lead.

Ambassador Azmi Thasim started the program by hoisting the country’s national flag followed by singing of the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil.

There was an observance of 2 minutes silence in memory of the fallen national heroes.

Then multi faith observances followed conducted by religious leaders representing four major faiths in Sri Lanka.

The national day messages from the president, prime minister and foreign minister were read out in all three languages.

A notable item in the agenda was unveiling portraits of the former ambassadors who have served the country since 1981.

The first ambassador to serve in Riyadh was late Mr. Thassim, the father of the current ambassador.

The program concluded with the serving of refreshments. Despite the extremely cold weather there was a large crowd was braving it.

The consulate in Jeddah too had made elaborate arrangements to celebrate the event in grand scale, but unfortunately Consul General Faizer Mackeen suffered a cardiac arrest soon after he addressed Lankan expatriates who gathered there.

He is now being treated at the ICU of King Faisal Hospital in Jeddah.

In one of the pioneer hotels in the kingdom, Riyadh InterContinental , its Sri Lankan staff with the help of the management had an elaborate lay out of Sri Lankan cuisine, thanks to Chef Kodagoda and his staff.

The cake depicting the 69 years of independence was fabulous and it was cut by the Resident Manager Bart van Denbrink and other staff.

There were not less than 14 different nationalities taking part in this celebration. All in all it was a memorable day for Sri Lankan expatriates living in Saudi Arabia.

- Asian Tribune -

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