The creator of the SLFP, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and the first woman Prime Minister of the World Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike have been commemorated.
Today is the commemoration day of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. The Bandaranaike era can be identified as a period in which special emphasis was made on the political, economic and cultural fields. In 1951, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike made a political decision and left the UNP to create the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. D.A. Rajapaksa of the Giruwapattuwa provided the necessary strength by extending support. The Government of Mr. Bandaranaike has made outstanding transformations in Sri Lanka. Those are described by many as the 1956 revolution. He was able to inspire the nation by uniting the forces of the Maha Sangha, Indigenous doctors, teachers, farmers and the workers. Following his demise, Sirimavo Bandaranaike assumed the responsibility of carrying forward his policies on the request made by the SLFP leadership and the party members. She was able to make Sri Lanka a resplendent state in the international arena which was hitherto a small island in the Indian ocean. Until 10th October 2000 when she bade farewell to the nation, she was actively involved in politics. The 51st Bandaranaike Commemoration function was held at the Horogalla Samadhi under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne. The Anunayake of the Malwatte Chapter Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri thera and the Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Galagama Attadassi thera were amongst a large number of people who participated.