New Year’s Eve celebrations

Hilton Colombo
Silver Ball 2007, at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Colombo, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Music: Gypsies and Ultimate.

Il Ponte Dinner Dance, at the Il Ponte pool area.
Music: Wild Fire with DJs

A special Hangover Brunch on January 1 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
For further details call the Special Events Desk on 2544644.

Family Gala Dinner Dance, at the Grand Ballroom, Galadari Hotel Colombo, from 8:30 p.m. onwards.
Music: Heat and DJ Effex.

California Grill Roof Top Restaurant Dinner Dance, from 8:30 p.m. onwards.
Music: Ernest Francis Combo

Mount Lavinia
New Year’s Eve, at the Terrace, Mount Lavinia Hotel, from 9 p.m. onwards.
Music: Laser with guest spots by Natasha and Judy and guest DJs.

Dance Till Dawn, at the Hut.
Music: Guest DJs
For further details call the Special Events Desk on 2761761.

Holiday Inn
Blast Through To 2008, at the sensationally redesigned Liberty Ballroom, Holiday Inn, from 9:30 p.m. onwards.
Music: Kings with Mariazelle, Pearl and Ginger as guest artists.
Compeer: Faizal Bongso.

Trans Asia
King’s Court Gala Dinner Dance, at the Trans Asia Hotel, from 8 p.m. onwards.
Music: Pink and Purple and Summerset; after breaking in the New Year, Bathiya N Santhush.

The poolside has been allocated for families to spend their time together.
Music: DJ Akshay from Bombay, guest spots by Judy and Clifford Richards
A stunning fireworks display at midnight is yours to be dazzled by.
For further details call the Festive Desk on 2 491884.

Ceylon Continental Hotel
Continental Ultra Nite 2007, at the Sapphire Ballroom, Ceylon Continental Hotel Colombo from 9 p.m. onwards.
Music: Rajiv and the Clan with DJ Shiran
For further details call the Special Events Desk on 2421221 ext: 1705

Galle Face
31st Night Fantasia Dance, at the Jubilee Room, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, from 7 p.m. onwards.
Music: Tribe and DJ Neranjan.

Waters Edge
Under The Star, Lobby terrace, Waters Edge, from 7:30 p.m. onwards.
Music: Yohan and Honorine


Ceramics for the poor

President, Sri Lanka Seva Vanitha Unit of Sri Lanka Army (SLSVU), Anoma Fonseka with General Manager Dankotuwa Porcelaine, Caniesus Fernando at the ceremony to donate ceramics to the SLSVU, to be distributed among the poor. Colonel BCJAF Rodrigo who arranged and coordinated the event is also in the picture


Brazil honours Lankan Honorary Consul

The Order of Rio Branco is a Presidential honour bestowed on merit and is named after the Brazilian national hero, the Baron of Rio Branco, one of Brazil’s most distinguished and respected statesmen, who served as Foreign Minister of Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. The Baron of Rio Branco (1845-1912) is best remembered for his role in bringing about peaceful resolutions to territorial disputes along its 9,000 mile border with its neighboring countries (Brazil shares its borders with all Latin American countries except for Chile), and for promoting Pan Americanism.


Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa, celebrates 147th anniversary

The history of the Anglican Church in Moratuwa dates back to 1799. On the site of the present municipal cemetery behind Holy Emmanuel Church, stood an old Dutch building since 1675. In addition to being used a school, divine services were held in this building from 1799 until it was pulled down in 1815 to be replaced by the first Anglican church built in Moratuwa. This Church was popularly known as the “Brownrigg Palliya.” A significant feature was that from the very inception divine services and all other church activities were conducted in Sinhala. The founder of Holy Emmanuel Church was Gate Mudaliyar Jeronis de Soysa. The 147th Anniversary Service was held on December 27.