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
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
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.
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.