The lion roars! Sri Lanka Day in California celebrates our culture and traditions
The exuberance, depth and pride of our flourishing community in the US will once again be on display at the Sri Lanka Day celebrations in Pasedena, California, on July 9.
Hosted by the Sri Lanka Foundation, this annual celebration is a tribute to the culture and heritage of the Sri Lankan people, and has attracted more than 100,000 visitors in previous years.
Says the foundation’s website: “Every year the foundation works diligently to bring the sights, tastes, colors and general feel of Sri Lanka to spectators who gather in one location from all over California.
“It is an annual celebration and tribute to the culture and heritage of the Sri Lankan people. In coordinating the event, the foundation seeks to inform the public about their country and its customs.”
It’s been a huge success.
Sri Lanka Foundation was formed in 2003 by Walter Jayasinghe, a well-known Sri Lankan-American physician in Los Angeles, and publishes ‘Expatriate Sri Lankan Good News’ to highlight cultural and social events of the expatriate Sri Lankan community.
Sri Lanka Day showcases Sri Lankan musicians, dancers, food and businesses, and the Sri Lanka Foundation Awards is an event “to render due recognition to deserving individuals of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in all fields of human discipline”.
Meanwhile, The Young Expatriate Sri Lankans (YES!) World Youth Conference is a first of its kind that’s hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation for youth of Sri Lankan origin.
And the annual Miss Sri Lanka America beauty pageant and Fashion Show also hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation is another popular event for the Sri Lankan community to showcase Sri Lankan ethnic beauty to the American mainstream.