H. E. Mr. Crisanthe De Silva, High Commissioner, High Commission of Sri Lanka in Dhaka, giving his speech in the morning session of the ceremony
The event was concluded with a cultural show presented by Sri Lankan children highlighting the pluralistic nature of Sri Lankan society
Dhaka: The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Dhaka, Bangladesh celebrated the 71st anniversary of the National Day of Sri Lanka at its premise simultaneously with the main ceremonial celebrations held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 4th, 2019. The event was held under the auspices of the High Commissioner H. E. Mr. Crisanthe De Silva in two sessions – morning and evening.
The morning event commenced with the High Commissioner hoisting the national flag. Then, the national anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. A large gathering of Sri Lankans settled in Bangladesh and well-wishers were present at the event.
Subsequently, the traditional oil lamp was lit by the High Commissioner and the distinguished invitees representing all communities in Sri Lanka. A two minute silence was observed in memory of the martyrs.
Religious observances on this occasion were conducted by Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Catholic religious dignitaries. Most Reverend Dimbul Kumbure Wimaladhamma Anunayake Thero of Malwaththa Chapter delivered the Buddhist sermon followed by other religious dignitaries.
National Day Message of H.E. the President was read out by High Commissioner followed by messages of Honourable Prime Minister and the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs which were read out by Second Secretary (DCM) and Consular Officer respectively.
The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of the Independence Day and expressed his gratitude to Sri Lankan expatriate community in Bangladesh for their services that have continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of Sri Lanka while strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Honourable State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bangladesh Government Md. Shahriar Alam attended as Chief Guest at the evening event which was held under the patronage of the High Commissioner and graced by over 200 dignitaries including High Commissioners, Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and Senior Diplomats, Senior State Officials, Members of the Business Community of both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Sri Lankan professionals, members of the press and civil society were also present.
The event started with lighting of the oil lamp and singing of national anthems of both countries, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Chief Guest conveyed wishes and felicitations of the Bangladesh Government to the Sri Lankan Government and all Sri Lankans whilst the High Commissioner in his speech, briefly highlighted the achievements of Sri Lanka during the post-independence period to date and the bilateral relationship which prevails between the two countries.
The event was concluded with a cultural show presented by Sri Lankan children highlighting the pluralistic nature of Sri Lankan society.