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Troops of 55 Division Celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year with Traditional Games

[2017-04-25 13:45:36]

Troops of the 55 Division of the Security Force Headquarters, Jaffna organized their Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration at the Public Ground in Iyakachchi on 21st April 2017.

Brigadier Aruna Muhandiram, General Officer Commanding 55 Division, graced the event as the Chief Guest. Brigade Commanders, senior military officers, state officials in Iyakachchi and Senior Police Officers also participated in the event.

Lighting of the traditional oil lamp signaled the traditional commencement of the day's event. This festival which was an attempt to further promote harmony and peaceful co-existence among all communities in the Iyakachchi area included a variety of both traditional and modern games, with fun-making events. Bun Eating, the Best Laugh, Fancy Dress Competition, Musical Chairs, Slow Cycling, Tug-o-war, Pillow-Fighting, Marathon Races, Hurdle Runs, Eye Spotting, Smashing the Pot by the Blind, Gunny Bag Races, Climbing the Greasy Pole, Guessing the Papaya Seeds.etc, coloured the day's event.

A musical show also was staged to add Tamil, Hindi and different other melodies into the air to bring fun and amusement to the occasion. A large gathering of civilians, Officers and Other Ranks of the 55 Division participated in the event.

Finally, the Chief Guest and other invitees gave away prizes and gifts to the winners.

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