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Best Lanterns at Jaffna “Wesak Zone” Awarded on the Final Day

[2012-05-09 11:56:10]

“Yapa Patunai Daham Amavai Wesak Zone” that filled hearts of thousands of Jaffna citizens and visitors from the South with piety, peace, love and compassion culminated on Tuesday (08) with presenting awards for the best creations of Wesak Lanterns at the “Wesak Zone”.

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Northern Province Mr. Gamini De Silva was the Chief Guest of the “Wesak Zone” final day. Guests on their arrival were received by Miss Krishnakumar Kajenthini of Erlalai who got recovery after a surgery for an acute heart disease at Colombo Asiri (Pvt) Heart Care Centre with the help of the Army.

On invitation of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) and founder of “Yapa Patunai Daham Amavai” Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Chief Incumbent of Colombo Sambodhi Maha Vihara and Chairman of “BAUDDHHYA” Media Network Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thero attended the event as a special guest.

Since the day it was opened on Wesak Full Moon day (05), massive crowds including visitors from the South enjoyed Wesak celebrations in the Jaffna city. Presence of religious leaders of Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic and Islam faith at the “Wesak Zone” attested religious harmony prevailing in Jaffna. Majority of the crowd on Tuesday comprised people from Jaffna.

The lantern made by the 551 Brigade won the first place while the lanterns of 523 and 521 Brigades respectively won the second and the thirds places. Special prize was awarded to the 4th Battalion of Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (4 SLEME) that created a model Hell (Narakam) at the “Wesak Zone” which all visitors to the venue enjoyed.

Students of Marathanamadam Ramanathan College, Manippay Hindu College, Uduvil Murugamoorthi college and members of Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association and Army singing troupes were given special prizes by the Commander SF-J for their excellent contribution in singing Wesak Bhakthi Gee during all four days.

Chief Guest Senior DIG Mr. Gamini De Silva and General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ruwan Kulathunge also awarded the prizes.

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