|Celebration of 61 years of Independence and National Day of Sri Lanka in New York|
|Monday, 09 February 2009 18:17|
National Day of Sri Lanka this year was celebrated in a festive atmosphere in New York on 8 February 2009 at a ceremony which saw a large gathering of Sri-Lankan-Americans in the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The celebration held this year was organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and the Sri Lankan-American community, depicting the rich diversity of Sri Lankan culture in song and dance representing all communities. Those gathered observed two minutes silence to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect Sri Lanka and all those who have been victims of the conflict. The Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic religious dignitaries blessed the occasion.
On behalf of the Sri Lanka Mission, Ambassador Palihakkara expressed his gratitude to all those who supported the event.
Video clips of the event