Deepavali Festival Celebrated in Frankfurt Consulate
By Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt
Nov 8, 2011
Hindu devotees as well as Buddhist, Muslim and Christian diaspora joined Mr. Pradip Jayewardene, The Consul General of Sri Lanka, to celebrate Deepavali Festival in Frankfurt last weekend. The religious ceremony to invoke blessings was conducted by Pirathishda Kalanithi Siva Sri Arumuga Paskarakurukkal from the prestigious Hindu Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple in Germany's Hamm-Uentrop city.

Addressing the visitors, Mr. Pradip Jayewardene highlighted the importance of the festival in today's context where the community needs to overcome all misconceptions and work together towards a better future. Messages from H. E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and H.E. Sarath Kongahage, The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Germany stressed greater understanding and increased harmony among peoples.

Swami Siva Sri Arumuga Paskarakurukkal conducted an elaborate Pooja with traditional prayers and rituals. Dance performance organized by the Tamil diaspora added to the festive atmosphere. The visitors were also treated to a dinner buffet of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies.