Sri Lankan New Year Festival in Dubai will be held in a grand scale

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Sri Lankan Consular Office in Dubai has made arrangements to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival in Dubai in a grand scale. This is organised for the benefit of Sri Lankans residing in Dubai to understand the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

The Consulate-General of Sri Lanka and the community are pulling out all the stops to bring a fun-filled day where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Around 250,000 Sri Lankans live in the UAE.

“Our main target is to showcase the very rich culture which dates back to more than 2,500 years. We also have traditional games for children for them to be familiar with and for adults as well,” Consul-General Charitha Yattogoda said.

Starting with a Tolerance Run that’s open to all at 7.30am, the free-of-charge event is packed with activities and community-centred activities for expected guests of more than 15,000.

Volunteer groups are on hand to offer public service such as a free medical and dental camp, fee employment and legal advice booth, blood donation camp, and eye testing. Organisers and partners will also give away free spectacles to those in need at the event.

It will be day for all residents, including non-Sri Lankans, to let loose through the traditional games for children and adults, Yattogoda said.

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