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President participates in the Kataragama Festival

Jul 11, 2011 11:59:33 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa participates in the Annual Kataragama Esala Festival. The President visited the Kataragama sacred area last night and participated in many special religious observances. He opened the Sinhawalokana Tower built near Kirivehera marking the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. Thereafter he attended a Bodhi Pooja at the Ashtapala Bodhi. The President then paid obeisance at the Ganadevi Kovil and the Kataragama Maha Devala and participated in the commencement of the Esala Perahera. After garlanding the perahera casket President Rajapaksa secured blessings. Many Parliamentarians were also present. Meanwhile the 10th day perahera of the Kataragama Esala Festival paraded the streets last night. Upcountry, low country and Sabaragamuwa Dancing were among the cultural features which added colour to the perehera.