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SL High Commission in UK celebrates Deepavali

Kurukkals Sivashri Ramanathan and Sivashri Chandran conducting the religious rituals.
Kurukkals Sivashri Ramanathan and Sivashri Chandran conducting the religious rituals.

The Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdom held its annual Deepavali celebrations on October 25 at the High Commission premises, with the attendance of religious dignitaries, as well as UK Members of Parliament and councillors.

The celebrations commenced with Hindu religious observances conducted by Kurukkal Sivashri Ramanathan and Kurukkal Sivashri Chandran from Wembley and South Harrow, respectively, who invoked blessings on Sri Lanka and its people.

Kurukkal Ramanathan also addressed the gathering on the message of global peace which Deepavali highlights, a press release issued by the Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdom stated.

The chief guest at the event, UK Parliamentarian for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra, commended ‘the spirit of togetherness and reconciliation in friendship’ among the Sri Lankan community in the UK. She also commended the younger generation, who came together to support each other in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy.

She added that this unity sets the foundation for an ever-stronger future rich in diversity and also recalled her work in Hounselow, which was carried out with the support of the Janahanda Foundation.

The guest of honour, UK Parliamentarian for Ealing Southall, Virendra Sharma, during his address, appreciated the loyalty of the Tamil community to British society and highlighted that everyone’s responsibility towards others should go beyond individuality and extend to the entire community.

Welcoming the gathering, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manisha Gunasekera, highlighted the significance of Deepavali, the ‘Festival of Light’, which symbolises victory over dark forces.

She added that Deepavali is one of the most important festivals held annually by the High Commission, in celebration of Sri Lanka’s multicultural identity, and also as part of the High Commission’s outreach to the Sri Lankan community, especially the Tamil diaspora.

The event also included bharatanatyam performances and veena/mridangam recitals by students of Kalasagara Director Usha Raghavan, as well as a classical Kandyan performance by a member of the Muthuhara Dance Group.

Northern Provincial Council Secretary S. Sathiyaseelan; Councillors from Kingston, Harrow, Southwark, Enfield, Hounslow and Newham; as well as representatives from British/Sri Lankan associations were present at the event.

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