Religious ceremonies mark Independence commemoration

Religious ceremonies mark Independence commemoration

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Several religious programmes were organized to mark Sri Lanka 68th Independence Day. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe participated in the religious observances held at the Sri Dharmakeerthiyarama Rajakeeya Vihare at Polwatte in Killupitiya.
Chief Incumbent of the Sri Dharmakeerthiyarama Vihare the Ven. Aparekke Sugathawansa Thera conducted the religious observances. Floral tributes were also offered to the statue of D.S. Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on this occasion with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa was present.
The Hindu religious observances to mark Independence Day was held at the Sri Ponnambalam Vakeshwara Kovil at Kochchikade in Kotahena. Minister D.M. Swaminathan was among those present.
The Maradana Jumma Mosque was the venue where the Islaimic religious programme was conducted. A group including M.H.A. Haleem was present at these religious observances that marked Freedom Day.
The Catholic religious observances were held at All Saints Church in Borella. The mass was held under the patronage of Bishop Maxwell Silva of the Colombo Archdiocese. Among those present was Minister John Amaratunge.
A special religious programme was held at the Protestant Church at Wolfendhal Street. Deputy Minister Eran Wickremaratne was among those who joined in this programme.