Hindus celebrate Deepavali

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 October 2003, 17:05 GMT]
Hindus in Colombo celebrated the Deepavali Festival, the festival of lights, at the New Kathiresan hall in Bambalapitiya Thursday.

Ranil Wickremasinghe
The Deepavali Day is on Friday and Hindus throughout Sri Lanka and the Northeast are expected to celebrate on a grand scale.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mass Communication Minister Imtiasz Bakeer Marker, Parliamentary Affairs minister A.H.M. Azwar, Interior Minister John Amarathunga and Hindu Religious affairs Minister T. Maheswaran participated at the function in Bambalapitiya.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian from the Jaffna district, N.Raviraj, Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna Parliamentarians Chandasekaran and Vijitha Herath, and Tamil Parliamentarian D. Siddharthan also attended.

The Department of Posts issued a new postage stamp to mark the Deepavali Day.

Ranil W. at Deepavali
Mr. Maheswaran honors Mr. Wickremasinghe

Ranil W. at Deepavali
Tamil Cultural Dance

Ranil W. at Deepavali
Wickremasinghe and Rajapaksa

Ranil W. at Deepavali
JVP parliamentarians Chandrasekaran and Vijitha Herath


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