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17th April 2017 21:12:01 Hours

22 Division in Trincomalee, 523 Brigade in Jaffna & 57 Division in Kilinochchi Mark Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Troops of the 22 Division together with civilians in the area had their New Year festival, organized at the Orr’s Hill ground in Trincomalee on Saturday (8).

GOC, 22 Division, Senior military Officers, state officials in Trincomalee, Senior Police Officers and a large number of civilians participated in the event, consisted of traditional and fun-making games and events.

Eye-placing on the elephant, grease - pole climbing, tracing of the hidden guest, tug of war, musical chairs, fancy dresses, counting of papaya seeds, pillow-fighting and selection of the Singithi Awurudu Kumariya / Kumaraya (little new year prince / princess), etc added colour and fun to the event.

In the meantime, a New Year Festival organized by the troops of the 523 Brigade in Jaffna was held on Sunday (9).

The event as one more attempt to promote reconciliation between the security forces and the civilians, had a variety of traditional games and other fun-making events throughout the day. Brigadier D.M.T.B Dissanayaka, Brigade Commander, 523 Brigade after hoisting the National flag, gave the green light to kick off the day’s sequence of events.

Commanding Officers of the 12 Gemunu Watch and the 4 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, Officers and Other Ranks attended the event.

Traditional and merry-making games and collective competitions dominated the day’s event. Villagers around the camp, family members of Officers and soldiers who are serving the 523 Brigade attended those events.

The winners in the competitions were given gifts.

Meanwhile, troops of the 57 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) organized their own Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration at Kilinochchi Central College grounds on Tuesday (11), attended by a large gathering of civilians and Officers and Other Rankers of the 57 Division.

At the invitation of Brigadier Jagath Gunawardana, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 57 Division, Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Commander, SFHQ-KLN, attended the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The day’s event, an attempt to further promote harmony and peaceful co-existence among all communities in Kilinochchi area, included a variety of both traditional and modern games and fun-making events. Bun eating, the best laugh, fancy dress competitions, musical chairs, cross country races, slow movement cycling, tug of war, pillow-fighting, marathon races, balancing games, hurdle runs, eye spotting, pot smashing, gunny bag races, grease-pole-climbing, counting of papaya seeds, etc coloured the day’s event.

A musical entertainment that added Tamil, Hindi and different other melodies into the air until late evening brought fun and amusement to the occasion.

Finally, the Chief Guest and other invitees gave away prizes and gifts to the winners.