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April 09, 2018
Janahanda Foundation Celebrates New Year Day( Bak Maha Ulela) in 2018
Janahanda Foundation in the U.K. Celebrated BakMaha Ulela(Sinhala and Tamil New Year splendidly on the first of April in 2018 with the participation of several hundred srilankan community members. Janahanda Foundation hosts this new Year festival every year at an impressive level in order to promote Sri Lankan cultural values among Sri Lankan expatriates living in the London borough Hounslow and its suburbs. The president of Janahanda Foundation in the U.K,Mr. Srilal Dias said, "this is the 13th New Year Celebration organised by Janahanda Foundation since its inception,".

In the first phase of the New Year celebration was folklore games. These are traditional games played by children and adults particularly during new Year Celebration period.This occasion was so impressive and everyone seemed to have enjoyed a lot by watching their children playing traditional games.

The second part which was a cultural show, commenced following lightning of inaugural oil lamp by invited guests. The welcome speech made by Ms Surya Samaraweera,the solicitor and the patron of the organisation. The most venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Nayake Thero of London Buddhist Vihara gave an Anusasana representing Buddhist community. This cultural show included mind boggling performances presented by the students of Neetha Rohini Dance Academy. In addition to that,Indian and Irish dance were also unfolded on the stage.The commentators of Cultural pageant Gayan and Sulochana were able to bring the show into more vivid description with their vibrant voices.

This event was attended by following distinguished guests.Ms. Seema Malhothra, MP for Feltham and Hounslow. The Deputy mayor of London borough of hounslow, Mr. Malhothta, Senior Cllr Jugdish Sharma,Cllr Bishnu Gurung and Akhil Bishwas, Lord Sardar Singh. Srilankan acting high commissioner for Britain Mr. Sugeeswara Gunarathna. Brother Charles Anthony had been invited to attend this function in a bid to make speech. The speech he given was so wonderful and everyone was engaged.

The musical evening started subsequent to cultural show and New Year's Day came to en end at about 11.30 in the evening.

The organising committee of Janahanda Foundation in the UK greatly appreciate the support given by our all sponsors. we also thankful to all our media sponsors such as News lanka, sesatha website and other social media. we can not forget the help of photographers like Mr. Nimal Navarathne, Mr. Bandula Manage and Mr. Gamini Nissanka. Video Camera sponsors Jay Jayasanka from Kirana TV.

by Sugath Senevirathna
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