Sri Lanka’s 73rd anniversary of Independence Celebrations in Oslo, Norway


73rd Independence of Sri Lanka celebrated in a formal ceremony at the Embassy of Sri Lanka with the participation of Embassy staff and religious dignitaries, Presidents of Sri Lanka Friends Foundation, Thisarana Buddhist Association, Sri Lanka Association of Norway, United Sri Lanka Muslim   Association of Norway and representatives of Dialog Forum through a virtual platform due to constraints placed by the pandemic. The event went live due to restricted in person participation.

The ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Ambassador H.E. Godfrey Cooray. The National Anthem was played followed by the observance of two minutes silence in remembrance of all heroes of the nation who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Motherland.

Following the lightning of the traditional oil lamp by dignitaries, Buddhist religious observances was conducted by venerable Marathugoda Manirathana Thero and Ven. Unapane Pemananda Thero, Christian religious observances was conducted by Rev. Fr. Franklin Fernando, Hindu religious observances was conducted by Sri Nithyananda Kurukkal and Muslim religious observances was conducted by Mr. Anees Rauf blessing the occasion and the country. The National Day messages of H. E. the President, the Hon. Prime Minister, and Hon. Minister of External Affairs were read out respectively.

The Ambassador addressing the gathering emphasized the importance of the unity of all Sri Lankans through which the country had gained immense victories in its history. Further Ambassador Cooray has highlighted the importance of pledging   Sri Lanka’s President His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ a reality and to build a free, independent, sovereign and prosperous Sri Lanka, after seventy-three years of overcoming various challenges.

H.E. Godfrey Cooray further underlined that the other important task will be to create a progressive national economy and a pluralistic society. Ambassador has highlighted the message of His Excellency the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and stated the important of creating an environment that provides the youth and local entrepreneurs with new opportunities, gives everyone new hope and a sense of pride, where people can use their skills, talents and business acumen to be the world leaders in any field of their choice. It is only by empowering people of Sri Lanka that they can strengthen and expand the national economy. The responsibility of Sri Lankans is to create an enabling environment for a citizen to be prosperous and contented, leading to a happy family, and a law-abiding society in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Cooray has highlighted the importance of making the country towards of sustainable development.

The virtual ceremony has been moderated by Second Secretary Mrs. Samanamli Atalugama and the vote of thanks has been delivered by Attaché Mr. A.M.T. Subaraj. The Ceremony concluded with the lunch serving of Sri Lankan dishes.