Sri Lankans worldwide celebrate their day of independence on the 4th of February to commemorate the country’s political independence from British rule in 1948. In Sri Lanka it is celebrated all over the country through a flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances.
Sri Lankans living in other countries do celebrate this event with their local Sri Lankan Embassy or with their Consul General office.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions in Sydney, this year the Sri Lanka Independence day commemoration was held at the Sri Lankan Consul General’s Official residence in Sydney.
The main participants at the event were the Sri Lankan local associations who were representing diversified religious groups in Sri Lanka.
The event started with the Singing of the National Anthem, lighting a lamp and raising the Sri Lankan and the Australian Flag followed by religious prayers from the religious representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christianity.
All religious representatives conduct their prayers for a United Sri Lanka among all its citizens.
The Consul General Mr. Lakshman Hulugalle gave the welcome speech and the message from the Government of Sri Lanka. Mr. Abdul Raheem, the Trade Representative of Sri Lanka also conveyed the message in Tamil.
ALMA President, Br. Ubaidur Rahman and Br. Imtiaz represented Muslim Community for the event, and Br. Imtiaz read a Passage of the Qur’an and read a dua.