A pre-Christmas celebrations was held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm on 22nd December 2014 in conjunction with Christmas festivities. The event was held amidst an atmosphere of joy and goodwill, symbolizing the religious harmony among different communities of Sri Lankans living in Sweden. Acting Bishop of Stockholm Catholic Church, the Chief incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara, the Aiyar of the Ganesh Temple graced the occasion representing different faiths of religions in existence in Sri Lanka. The event was held with the initiative of H.E. Mr. Oshadhi Alahapperuma with the fullest cooperation extended by the staff of the Embassy.
Following the welcome speech delivered by the Charge d’ Affaires, the Acting Bishop conveyed a religious sermon reminding of the true meaning of Christmas and emphasized on the impending visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka in January 2015 , as a message to the world, on the religious harmony prevalent in Sri Lanka.
The highlight of the event was the rendition of Christmas Carols and the Lucia performance, (affiliated with the Swedish culture) presented by the Sri Lankan children living in Stockholm, that brought joy to those present at the event. The Sri Lankan community joined hands with the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka on another recital of Christmas Carols, and the songs were presented in Sinhala, Tamil, English and Swedish languages.
Christmas ambience was generated, by setting up the Christmas crib and the nativity scene displayed , at the venue with the participation of the children and the youth. Gifts were distributed among all participants as a token of appreciation of their enthusiastic contribution. The event brought together around 150 guests and they were entertained with a sumptuous Sri Lankans dinner arranged by the Embassy.
The event concluded on the note of happiness, unity among all Sri Lankans living in Sweden looking forward for a Christmas filled with love and a New Year full of peace.
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