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Christmas Bells Chime in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-12-16 11:37:23 Hours]  

Bells of Peace chimed and Songs of Peace were sung to celebrate the Happy Christmas that is to dawn within a few days when Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J) organized CIMIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2010 Wednesday (15.12.2010) evening in the Jaffna town.

Popular artistes from the south and Jaffna, choirs of Jaffna churches and schools sang famous English, Tamil and Sinhala Christmas songs along with members of the Sri Lanka Army band.

The event commenced with introduction and Opening Prayers by Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Saundranayagam and the choir of St. Francis Xavier’s Seminary Jaffna. Carols which commenced around 5.30 p.m. with the arrival of Bishop Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Islamic clergies, Vicar General Jaffna Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Justin B. Gnanaprakasam, Commander Security Forces Jaffna Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa, Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brig, B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo and other invited guests at Our Lady of Refugee Church where the function had been organized entertained multi religious and multi ethnic crowd nearly for three hours.

At the inauguration, Bishop Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam delivering his Christmas Message said that Christmas brings the time of rejoices and happiness which forgets differences and promotes peace and harmony. “We have been successful in fighting a difficult war which resulted in destruction and loss of lives. Thanks to our Security Forces, we now have peace”, added Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam before he concluded the speech wishing all a Peaceful Christmas.

Dancing performance by Santa Claus who distributed Christmas gifts to all children present at the venue was the most attractive event that thrilled them. CIMIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2010 concluded with a magnificent firework display.

Choirs of St. Theresa Convent of Atchuveli, Roman Catholic School of Navanthurai, Vembady Girls’ High School of Jaffna, St. Henry College of Jaffna, St. John’s and College and Chundikkuly Girls’ College of Jaffna also contributed in singing songs of peace.

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