Independence Day Celebration at Heathrow Vihara
Published: 04 Feb 2013
Sri Lanka’s 65th Independence Day celebrations organised by the Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple was held at Lampton School,
Lampton Avenue, Hounslow, TW3 4EP on 2nd of February 2013. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The meaning of Independence”
The Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple Dancing group” Saro”, Roshan Lute leads with his group was presented items of highlighted the independence of Sri Lanka. And also Visharada Weerasiri Malwatta and their Family were presented the songs which were help to highlighted for this cultural programme. The children of Dhamma school, they were also joined several events of this programme. H. E. Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka High Commissioner and all participants very much appreciate about the music and dancing abilities of dhamma school children’s.
The Chief Guest of the opening ceremony H. E. Dr. Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka High Commissioner for United Kingdom & Ireland was lighted the traditional oil lamp and raised the Sri Lankan flag whilst reciting the National anthem. And other members of Sri Lanka High Commission were joined with that event. As other guests participated from the Tourist board, Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lankan Airline.
H.E the High commissioner addressed the gathering and he was pleased that within this short period of time a Sri Lankans of the UK Ven Wanduramba Kassapa could be able to organise a successful Independence Day programme. And the High commissioner specifically commented on the importance of events. Special speech was conducted by Dr. Sunil Kariyakarawana who was the Advisor of Buddhist, Ministry of Defense in UK. Over 300 invitees including members of the Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple were joined with this occasion.
The Chief organiser of the event was Venerable Wanduraba Kassapa thero who is the chief incumbent of the Athula Dassana International Buddhist temple. The event concluded with huge success with support of all Sri Lankan residents in and around London.
The support provided by all organisations, members of the committee, devotees and parents of the Dhamma School of the temple which consisted of more than 300 Sri Lankans were very much appreciated by Ven Wanduramba Kasspa thero.