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552 Brigade Organizes First New Year Festival at Iyakkachchi

[2013-04-10 12:40:15]

As all Hindus in the Jaffna peninsula are now getting ready to celebrate the Sinhala and Hindu New Year, the first new year festival in Jaffna was organized by the 552 Brigade for civilians at Iyakkachchi on 07th April at Iyakkachchi public ground.

A range of Sinhala and Hindu traditional sports had been organized for civilians of all ages and weaving cajans, passing eggs, sack race, breaking pots, tug-of-war and climbing greasy pole were among them.

Winners were awarded with valuable prizes by the Army and General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ajith Wijesinghe and invited guests gave away prizes.

People in the area showed maximum participation and really enjoyed the programme. An evening musical show was organized by the Army. People in Iyakkachchi and surrounding areas, especially young crowd, had fun dancing and singing to the tune of the 12th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment beat group who sang popular Sinhala, Tamil and English songs for the entertainment of the crowd.

Commander Mechanized Infantry Brigade Brigadier A.G.B. Jayasundara, Commander 552 Brigade Colonel Deepal Wanniarachchi, Dr. R. Sutharshan of Pallai hospital and a large crowd of Army personnel witnessed the event.

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