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By Sri Lanka Watch Editor - Germany.
Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin Germany organized a Deepavali Festival to commemorate and honour the beliefs and aspirations of Hindu devotees last Sunday the 18th. This is the very first time ever that the Deepavali festival was celebrated at the Embassy in Berlin.

Hosting the visitors on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and his staff Ambassador T. B. Maduwegedara pointed out the relevance of Deepavali, celebrations symbolizing and forging unity, peace and harmony among different nationalities of Sri Lanka, wherever they are - at a time in which a new era of peace and unity has ushered in the country, following the defeat of terrorism. He appreciated once again the sacrifice and service done by the Sri Lankan forces to liberate the nation from terrorism.
Ambassador Maduwedegara also made a special acknowledgement to the Sri Lankans from the Tamil community who has come from far away places all the way to Berlin, in order to participate in the Deepavali festivities here.
The celebration started with a Spiritual Pooja according to Hindu believes in the main hall of the Embassy and lightening of ceremonial oil lamp and visitors lit candles outside the Embassy building. It was a beautiful sight to witness.
After the Pooja traditional cultural and modern artistic entertainments which were performed by children from the Tamil Sri Lankan community.
Mr. Thamilselvam Balasingham from the Tamil Diaspora in Berlin gave a massage in Tamil. He welcomed those present for the Deepavali celebrations and appreciated their commitment and support to the Embassy in organizing this Hindu festival in a fitting manner. Mr. K. Paramalingam also from Berlin gave the vote of thanks. He compared the different ethnic communities living Sri Lanka with the five fingers of the palm. He said fingers and palm are strong only when functioning together. Like that, only the unity of ethnic groups can build a strong Nation and will bring prosperity to all Sri Lanka.
The newly appointed Deputy Chief of Mission Maj.Gen. Jagath Dias presented the tokens of appreciation to the children who performed in the evening. Maj. Gen. Dias also took the opportunity to answer many individual questions from the Tamil community, explaining the ground situation of the IDPs and the conflicts involved.  
Over 150 participants belonging to all faiths joined the function at the Embassy premises. All invitees to the Deepavali festival were served a traditional meal hosted by the Embassy Staff.

See Deepavali Festival in Berlin in pictures

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