The Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Styria & Carinthia in Austria celebrated the 75th Anniversary of National Independence Day of Sri Lanka on 8 February 2023.
The event organized by Mrs. Edith Hornig, Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Styria & Carinthia at the historic University of Arts in Graz was attended by His Excellency Majintha Jayesinghe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Ms. Manuela Khom, President of the Styrian Parliament, Honorary Consuls based in Graz, officials, entrepreneurs, tour operators and travel agents, Sri Lankan community, print and electronic media.
The ceremony commenced with lighting the traditional oil lamp and the National Anthems were sung by Niran de Mel, a Sri Lankan tenor residing in Graz.
Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe recalled the cherished and special relationship between Sri Lanka and Austria since ancient times. Ambassador went on to state that over the years, cooperation between our two countries has grown exponentially covering a multitude of area of mutual interest and concerns.
Addressing the gathering, Ms. Manuela Khom, President of the Styrian Parliament said the large number of attendees at the event is a testimony to the friendly and cordial relations between Sri Lanka and Austria.
Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented a memento to Mrs. Edith Horning in recognition of the 18-year service as the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Styria & Carinthia.
The event featured traditional Sri Lankan dance by the troupe of Channa – Upuli Performing Arts Foundation. Sri Lankan cuisine and sweetmeats were served to the invitees.
Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
12 February 2023