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More Festivals Held to Celebrate Sinhala & Hindu New Year

[2012-05-04 15:32:08]

For the entertainment of civilians in 55 Division area, Headquarters 55 Division of Veththalaikerny with assistance of its three Brigades organized New Year festivals in deferent areas with guidance of General Officer Commanding (GOC) 55 Division Brigadier Ruwan Kulathunge.

Many sports events for children and adults such as passing eggs, eating buns, lime and spoon race and tug-of-war were included in the New Year festival organized by the 551 Brigade of Champianpattu on 11th April. Commander 511 Brigade Brigadier Hemantha Kulathunge was the Chief Guest of the festival held at Champianpattu Government Tamil Mixed School ground.

Meanwhile, 552 Brigade commanded by Colonel W.D.G. Wanniarachchi organized another festival at Iyakkachchi public ground on 07th April. A large crowd took part in traditional sports and games.

At the same time, another New Year festival was organized by the 553 Brigade at Uduththurai Sentamil ground on 15th April. Men and women in the area eagerly participated in the programme. Principals, Grama Niladharis and villagers in the area were present.

Coinciding the Sinhala and Hindu New Year, Commanding officer and all ranks of the 20th Sri Lanka National Guard (20 SLNG) at Pallai distributed school items among kids attending the Pallai pre-school on 04th April. General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ruwan Kulathunge was the Chief Guest of the ceremony held to hand over the donations.

Mirusuvil-based 522 Brigade also organized a separate New Year festival at Kodikamam Thirunakarasu Vidyalaya ground on 28th April with sponsorship of “Nestomalt” (Nestle Company). GOC 52 Division Brigadier Anura Sudhasinghe, Commander 522 Brigade Brigadier Athula Silva and senior officers of the Brigade joined the civilians to celebrate the cultural festival. The Brigade organized a musical evening for the civilians at the same venue.

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