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April 30, 2018
SRI LANKA WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION IN THE U.K
The Sri Lanka Women's Association in the U.K. (SLWA) held it's National New Year Celebrations on Saturday the 21st of April 2018, at the Holy Apostles Church Hall, London SW1. Mr Sam Cooray,Third Secretary, Sri Lanka High Commission in the U.K. was the Chief Guest.

This annual event brings together Sri Lankans and other nationalities in the spirit of the Association's fundamental principles of a non-political, multicultural and multi religious organisation. The SLWA's National New Year celebrations have, over the years, provided an opportunity to strengthen the cultural bonds of the Sri Lankan communities and also foster friendship and fellowship among different nationalities.

Mrs Mona Swaris, Vice President of the Association, on behalf of the President and the Committee welcomed the guests and wished them a vey enjoyable afternoon. The proceedings commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp led by Mr Sam Cooray. A Representative from the different communities in Sri Lanka also had the honour of lighting the lamp. This was followed by a brief address by Mr Sam Cooray in which he spoke of the significance of the National New Year and also said that he was very pleased to attend the SLWA's celebrations especially as he had enjoyed the event last year.

Guests were treated to the traditional New Year fare of Kiribath and a welcome drink. A sumptuous buffet lunch, catered by Golden Platter was enjoyed by all. Music provided by Lalindra Fernando created a lively atmosphere throughout with guests dancing to some memorable tunes. A Sing Along to some "golden oldies" created a relaxed atmosphere after lunch, followed by a game which called upon some team work. The Baila competition was a big draw with everyone having great fun and enjoyment. A raffle with a line up of some great prizes rounded up the activities of the afternoon.

A Vote of Thanks was given by Mrs Natalie Layman, President of the SLWA. The event ended with the National Anthems of both Sri Lanka and Great Britain.
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