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“Yapa Patunai Daham Amavai” Grand Vesak Festival in Full Swing in Jaffna

[2013-05-25 13:10:15]

“Yapa Patunai Daham Amavai”, the grand Vesak Festival annually organized by the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) commenced on the Vesak Full Moon day (24) for the fourth consecutive time in Jaffna city centre.

On the first day of this fabulous celebration, organized by the Army with view to ushering sustainable peace to the island through religious harmony, nearly 20000 people including visitors from the South thronged the Vesak Zone created in the area around Jaffna Public Library.

Attractive Vesak lanterns, large models of the Heaven and a horror house and many other beautiful creations made by Jaffna soldiers are on display for three days. Navy, Air Force and the Police also contribute presenting attractive lanterns to the SF-(J) organized Vesak Zone.

At invitation of the Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Hon. Governor Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri declared open the first day of the Vesak Zone. After visiting the area illuminated with a galaxy of electric bulbs, all invited guests had dinner at the Dansala (Eat House) where over 6300 people enjoyed a delicious free meal on the first day.

Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Shirantha Udawatte, DIG Jaffna Mr. Indu Karunaratne, chief secretary of the governor’s office Mrs. R. Vijayaluxmi and Director Teaching Hospital Jaffna Dr. Mrs. Bhavani Pasupathiraja were also among the invited guests.

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