The ‘Namo Namo Thaye’ Cultural Festival was held yesterday (11) at the Jaffna Fort premises in celebration of Sri Lanka’s 75th National Independence Day. The event, which showcased the rich Tamil culture of the Northern Province, was attended by a large number of people from Jaffna and featured a massive music concert.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Chief Guest of the event and was joined by several high-profile individuals, including Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda, Former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, the President’s Senior Advisor on National Security & the Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayake, President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, President’s Senior Advisor for Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene, President’s Coordinating Secretary to the Northern Province M. Ilangovan, other government officials and Chiefs of Security forces attended at this event.
The cultural festival was a vibrant display of the cultural heritage of the Northern Province, and the music concert was a highlight of the event, featuring several South Indian artists. The presence of such a diverse range of people, including government officials, dignitaries, and artists, demonstrated the importance of this celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence.
In addition to the cultural festival, an Independence Commemorative Parade was held in the afternoon at the Jaffna Cultural Center, bringing together all five districts of the Northern Province to present various dance elements. Schoolchildren from the Northern Province participated in the parade, which was a showcase of the cultural richness and diversity of the region.
The ‘Namo Namo Thaye’ Cultural Festival and the Independence Commemorative Parade were both well-received by the local community and were a testament to the significance of Sri Lanka’s 75th National Independence Day. These events will be remembered for years to come as a celebration of the country’s independence and the rich cultural heritage of the Northern Province.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe and others officials including the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay also attended at this event.