Sri Lankan community celebrates 71st anniversary
February 4 marked the 71st anniversary of independence for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan community in Jamaica celebrated the occasion with an evening of culture and ethnic cuisine at the residence of Senator Aubyn and Tamara Hill.
This event was the first such celebrations held in Jamaica and marked 20 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
In attendance were the non-resident High Commissioner for Sri Lanka A.L. Ratnapala, other dignitaries and well-wishers.
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) adopted its current name in 1972 when it became a republic and is one of the oldest democracies in Asia. It has a written history dating more than 3,000 years. Steeped in Buddhist tradition, it has many archaeological sites, eight of which are on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Known for its world-famous tea and spicy cuisine, Sri Lanka enjoys the highest literacy rate in Southeast Asia – 96 per cent.
Sri Lanka and Jamaica share many commonalities: similar British colonial history, both being small-island states, and a strong love for the game of cricket. Their tropical climate makes both countries top tourist destinations in the world.
Here are some of the pictorial highlights of the evening.