Sri Lanka’s 74th National Day celebrated in the Philippines
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila celebrated the 74th National Day in a solemn ceremony at the Official Residence.
The celebration commenced with the hoisting of the national flag, singing of the national anthem, lighting of the traditional oil lamp, and the observance of two minute-silence in remembrance of all who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Recorded multi-faith prayers invoking blessings for the country were also delivered by the clergy in accordance with Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian practices.
Hon. Prime Minister’s and the Foreign Minister’s messages were read.
In her speech, Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera highlighted the resilience and determination of the Sri Lankan nation brought together by its colorful history to emerge as a plural, democratic, and modern nation and now in the pursuit of recovery in the challenge-laden pandemic.
Tribute was paid to the sacrifices made by the country’s heroes in attaining freedom particularly its brave soldiers who liberated the country from terrorism and to the modern day heroes – the medical workforce in the frontlines of the battle against the pandemic.
Speaking about bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines, she highlighted the efforts that the Embassy has made in its economic diplomacy initiatives especially in organic agriculture, fisheries, IT-BPM industry; among other priority sectors including tourism as both countries open its borders once again.
The Sri Lankan community in the Philippines were warmly recognized for their efforts in strengthening ties between the two nations as well as Filipino well-wishers who assisted in the fight against the pandemic through donations of funds and medical equipment.
The ceremony concluded with a soulful rendition of ’Me Rata Mage Rata’’ and “My Lovely Island Home” by the Embassy staff followed by a sumptuous lunch of Sri Lankan cuisine including kiribath and sweetmeats.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
5th February 2022