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Jaffna “Wesak Zone” Draws Huge Crowd on the First Day

[2012-05-06 15:09:12]

Demonstrating the sense of religious harmony and affirming good civil-military relations prevailing in the peninsula, Jaffna citizens of Hindu, Catholic and Islam faith joined the soldiers and visitors from the South to see the beauty of “Wesak” at the “Wesak Zone” organized by Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) in the middle of the city with auspices of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on Full Moon Day (05).

Huge crowd had gathered near the pandol (Arch) erected at the entrance by soldiers even before the “Wesak Zone” was declared open around 7.00 p.m. by Hon. Governor of the Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, the Chief Guest of the first day.

Over 35 huge Wesak lanterns created by Army, Navy and Police decorated either side of the road in front of the Jaffna Public Library in addition to hundreds other small lanterns and electric bulbs. Troops of the 55 Division treated all who visited the “Wesak Zone” with a delicious dinner at their Dansala.

Meanwhile, Headquarters SF-J, Prison and Police had put up a number of herbal and soft drink Dansala at various locations within the “Wesak Zone”.

Another special feature of the programme was Tamil and Sinhala Bhakthi Gee (Devotional Songs) sung by students of Manippay Hindu College, Marathanamadam Ramanathan College, Uduvil Murugamoorthy Vidyalaya, member of the Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association, members of the Army and Police on a gaily decorated stage in front of the library.

Among the most attracted creations in the “Wesak Zone” was the Narakam (Hell) constructed by the Regiment of Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME). Punishments given to those who commit sin in this life when they go to the Narakam after their death are elaborately exhibited here using mechanically animated dummies.

Rev. Meegahajandure Siri Vimala Thero of Sri Naga Vihara, Nallai Adeenan Rev. Sri La Sri Somasundara Paramacharya Swamihal, Vicar General Jaffna Rev. Justin B. Gnanaprakasam, Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, High Court Judge Mr. J Vishvanathan and Magistrate Mr. M. Ganeshraj were among the distinguished guests present at the “Wesak Zone” on the first day.

The “Wesak Zone” will be open until 7th May.

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