|Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrates 69th Anniversary of the Independence Day|
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris celebrated the 69th Anniversary of the Independence day on February 4, at Espace Saint Pierre in Paris. The National Anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil by two groups of
students followed by a two minute silence for all Sri Lankans who have
sacrificed their lives on behalf of the country. The traditional oil lamp was lit by Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja and a
group of children representing the four main ethnicities in Sri Lanka;
Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher.
The national day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Foreign Minister Mangala
Samaraweera were read out by the Ambassador and members of the staff.
Ambassador Ranaviraja in his remarks highlighted the importance of
national unity for advancing meaningful reconciliation and economic
development which are also the policy priorities of the Government. He
invited the Sri Lankan community living in France to join in the
development process of the country. Cultural performances featuring
different dancing traditions of the country to display its rich cultural
heritage made the event more vibrant. Guests were treated to a
traditional Sri Lankan meal consisting of rice and curry at the end of
Over 550 invitees from the Sri Lankan community were participated to the even.