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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED IN BRUSSELS WITH PARTICIPATION OF SRI LANKANS OF ALL FAITHS

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Simple and colourful decors were adoring the Chancery of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels and was crowded with Sri Lankans of all faiths, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims, and also with the Friends of Sri Lanka in Belgium and Luxembourg, on the evening of 21st December, when the Mission marked the annual Christmas Day celebrations.

This day of peace, friendship and harmony was enthusiastically attended by many Sri Lankans in Belgium, irrespective of their religious belief or practice. It is a strong signal of the desire of the Sri Lankans living outside the country also to celebrate the traditional Sri Lankan events in the best possible way they could, said Ambassador P.M. Amza, welcoming the gathering. The country, despite having less than 10% of its population following Christian faith is geared to celebrate this noble day, throughout the country, from North to South and all over. It is done so with a sense of passion. In the North, Sri Lankans are setting up Asia's tallest Christmas tree. It is a symbol of harmony and reconciliation, for a country that is emerging from a bitter conflict, he further said. He also invited the Sri Lankans in Belgium and also in Europe, to work together to keep their interest of the country active and to use their influence as a community.   

Rev. Father Claude Nonis, invoked blessings and conducted the religious ceremony, which included reciting from holy bible in five languages, including in French and Flemish languages. The Christmas carols sung in Sinhalese, Tamil and English echoed the message of love, peace and care, while the kids present waited eagerly to greet the Santa Clause who came in with a bag full of gifts, amidst the melodious song "jingle bells". The evening was concluded with a reception and exchange of greetings to each other.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Brussels

23 December 2013

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Rue Jules Lejeune 27
1050 Brussels
Belgium.