Easter celebrations

An Egg-stravagant Easter at the Hilton Colombo
Easter is a springtime festival, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. And also a time for chocolate bunnies, Easter buns, and coloured eggs! Time for family affairs too! Hilton Colombo is also celebrating Easter where you too can bring your family and celebrate this special day.

The extravagant Easter brunch is happening at the hotel’s restaurant Spices on March 23 where you can tuck into all the traditional Easter goodies such as piping hot soups, crispy salads, Virginia sugar ham, freshly baked breads, fresh farm eggs and not forgetting the delicious desserts. The Sunday Easter brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The hotel’s pastry shop, Fine Things is also packed with Easter goodies starting from March 17 to 23. For more details please call the Food and Beverage office on 2544644.


This Easter at Trans Asia

Have you made plans for Easter? If it’s a no, make way to the Trans Asia this Easter as we invite you to indulge differently, where family takes pride of place and provision has been made to do just that!

The Goodies outlet known for it’s delightful spread of savoury and sweet treats at Trans Asia has cooked up a variety of Easter goodies, and you have the opportunity to purchase your favourite homemade Hot Cross Buns, Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs any day from the March 17 to 23.

The hotel has also organsied a fun day for children by the poolside on Easter Sunday. The hotel’s recreation team is all geared to give the children a whale of a time with an egg hunt and other exciting events such as face painting, a magic show, marble games, swimming relays, and even basket ball. Meanwhile, a wonderful Easter Brunch for the entire family takes place at the Summerfields Coffee Shop. A fun Easter Sunday is the hotel’s promise and by the looks of what’s on the cards, it certainly seems like a fun day for all!


International Women’s Day celebrations by SVUs

Sri Lanka Navy
A special programme for the welfare of the woman residents at the Welikada prison was launched by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Sri Lanka Navy in the morning on March 11, being par with the International Women’s day that fell on March 8.
President, Seva Vanitha Unit, Ashoka Karannagoda, participating in the event, took initiative to release two residents warded for minor offences. Gifts were donated to the children of the warded woman residents. The event was followed by a cultural show by the residents and the cultural troupe of the Navy.
Commissioner General, Prisons, Major General (Rtd) Vajira Wijegoonawardene, Chief Jailer In Charge of Woman Residents, Kumari Dissanayaka also attended the occasion.

Sri Lanka Air Force
Sri Lanka Air Force, Seva Vanitha Unit, celebrated the International Women’s Day, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, on March 11. First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest. Chairperson, Seva vanitha Unit, Defence Ministry, Anoma Rajapaksa was the Guest of Honour.
Chairperson, Seva Vanitha Unit, Sri Lanka Air Force, Nelun Goonetileke addressing the gathering said, “Investment in Women and Children will build a nation.” She emphasised on the need of every woman for love, care, happiness, appreciation, respect and security irrespective of social divisions like cast, creed, language, culture and occupation into which women fall.



The latest production by the experimental ‘Mind Adventures’ theatre company

Following the critical success of their most recent production ‘Chatroom’, the company presents this play as the first in a series of Youth Theatre productions which will be staged throughout the year.
Written by British playwright Geoffrey Case, ‘Samurai’ is directed by Tracy Holsinger. Set in ancient Japan, the story revolves around a golden samurai sword with magical powers that is brought to poverty-stricken Utagowa city, by a young man called Yuki. The sword grants anything the citizens wish for, and soon they have everything they could ever desire and they become so lazy that eventually they are unable to even think for themselves. However, Yuki returns after a year’s absence to remind the citizens that they have to return the sword to the Golden Samurai Warriors as promised earlier. The citizens are thrown into a panic and conspire to keep the sword in the city. The plot follows Yuki and the Empress of Utagowa as they battle against all odds to return the sword, and how they eventually pay for their honesty and courage with their lives. But the sword has one final surprise in store for the citizens.

When from March 27 to 30 and from April 3 to 6

Where British Council Garden

Time 8 p.m.

Admission Tickets will be available at the gate. For advance reservations call 0772828877. Only 150 seats per night



Florence Gunawardena
A tribute to a loving mother

 It has been four years since my mother passed away. Dear Amma, all the happiness we shared seems have gone away and I miss you very much. Thinking about all those years I spent with you, I am reminded about how much you sacrificed for our family and me. At times I have worried you with all my burdens and difficulties and now I am all alone with no one to turn to when I need help and guidance. As months turn into years, I begin to realise your value more and more.

 Not only as a mother, but also as a dutiful wife, you were a pillar of strength to Thatha and supported him in all his endeavors. You were also a loving daughter to your own parents. I can remember as if it was yesterday, when grandfather died how you left all your work and took a taxi and went to their house in Kadawatha. You worked hard and got a burial spot at the General Cemetery, Kanatha.  Also when grandmother was unable to enter our house because she could not climb the steps at the entrance, you got a ramp constructed so she could easily access our house.  Every Sunday you found time to visit them and spend time with my grandparents.  After my grandfather passed away, and my grandmother was living alone, you took all the necessary provisions and asked Thatha to take you to deliver them, even if it was busy weekday.

 As a grandmother, you did so much for your grandson from the day he was born until the time he went to University, and helped me in every way you could in bringing him up.   Amma, not only did you love your own family, but also you showed great love for little children, and you were a good aunt to your nieces and nephews. You also thought about the less fortunate, and took a great interest in the Prithipura home for differently abled children, and were in charge of the annual Flag Day fund collection activities in the Kollupitiya area.    

 May God grant you eternal peace.
 Your ever-sorrowing daughter


Mary- a birthday remembrance

Tenth of March I do remember
Bringing happy memories yet they linger
Holding hands, kissing lips so tender
What a blessing it was to be together

We did meet with your mind and mine
At a party simple and fine
What fun we had with song and laughter
How sweetly I do remember

You are no more now, leaving me alone
Gone to heaven, where you really deserve to be
You now sing and dance with angels
Where there is no hatred but only love

How tired I feel in this wretched world
Where murders, rapes and all that’s worse
Now I wait for that eternal home
To be with you, kiss and tightly hold



Bo saplings from Srimahabodhi donated to India

Supreme Maha Nayake of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Chapter, Rt. Rev. Dr. Agramahapanditha Dauldena Gnanissara Maha Nayake Thera recently, handed over two Bo saplings from Jayasrimahabodhi, to Deputy High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka, A. Manickam, to be planted in Trichy and Thirunelvely where two new Buddhist temples will be constructed, under the initiative of MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana.


Holy Prophet Muhammed (OWBP)

Birthday Celebrations 2008/1429 A.H.
45th Anniversary
Organised by the Galle Muslim Cultural Association (Inc)
Venue: Galle Fort Meera Mosque
Date: Until March 19
Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Speaker Subject
March 16 Moulavi Hassen Fareed Islam is the solution
for all problems

March 17 Moulavi As-Seyed Al-Hafis Sakarath and Qiyamah
Fazmy, Moulana (Mursi)

March 18 Moulavi M. S. M. Fazil Visiting Holy Prophet’s grave
Al-Ashrafi Arabic College-Beruwela

March 19 Moulavi M. S. M. Yehiya Fasi Kaththam Fathiha in the
(Azhary) vision of Shariah
All Island Mukaddam-Shazuli

Hadis Majlis will be broadcasted daily from until March 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. by Galle F.M. Radio through 96.1.


                                                      Lankapuvath Web launch                                                            

Chief Guest and the Guest of Honor for the occasion were Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha and Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister, Dr. Sarath Amunugame Pix by Ravindra Dharmatilleke


Mahinda Club AGM on March 16

The Annual General Meeting of Mahinda Club, an old boys’ organisation of Mahinda College, Galle will be held on Sunday, March 16, at OPA Auditorium, Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 7, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Office bearers for the next year will be elected on this day.
Joint Secretaries of the Club invite all their members to participate.



Until March 31
Rencontre Avec Les Mots, an exhibition of posters, at the Alliance Française Auditorium.

Until March 23

An exhibition of paintings by Olivia Bonnal Sansoni, at the Barefoot gallery, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

March 14 – 17
Art Link 2008, video exhibition, at the German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6p.m.


March 15 & 16
Sinhabahu by Dharmajith Punargeewa (in English), at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, at 7 p.m.

  Public Talk                                                                                  

March 16
The Intelligence Which Brings Order And Peace organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10: 30 p.m.


March 19
Holi Milan, a programme to mark the Holi Festival by Moksha Samarasooriya and her students, at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 6 p.m.