Sri Lanka's 67th Independence Day was celebrated in Singapore on February 4, 2015 with a ceremony in the morning at the official residence and a reception in the evening at the Shangri-La.
The ceremony in the morning brought together members of the Sri Lankan community who were welcomed by children representing the four main religions in Sri Lanka. Guests lit the traditional oil lamp and Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim clergy invoked blessings on Sri Lanka and its people. Acting High Commissioner Mr. Wishwanath Aponsu read out the National day message of Hon President Maithripala Sirisena which spoke of new era of Good Governence in the country. At the end of the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy a traditional breakfast spread which included kiribath and sweetmeats.
The Mission hosted a large number of guests at the reception in the evening at the Shangri-La that highlighted pure Sri Lankan hospitality. Mr. Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower graced the occasion as the guest of honour. Acting High Commissioner Mr. Wishwanath Aponsu addressed the gathering
The Members of Parliament from Singapore who graced the occasion were Ms. Irene Ng and Mr. Baey Yam Keng. Sri Lankans and Singaporeans both from the business and professional communities were joined by members of the diplomatic corps.
The Island Ballroom at the Shangiri-La entertained over 200 guests to an unforgettable evening. The guests were presented with a beautiful gift bag that included branded tea from Sri Lanka and a souvenir.