October 6, 2010 at 7:25 am

SRI LANKA Came alive in the eyes of children and parents when the Embassy of Sri Lanka presented ed an afternoon of geography, dance, language, music, games, photography and even a taste of the tea from Sri Lanka at the Children’s Cultural Immersion Experiences at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland.

Upon arrival, the  children, ages 8-11, and their parents received a t-shirt with the Sri Lankan symbol  while a film on Sri Lanka was presented.  They learned to write their names in Sri Lankan languages .  Dances and games from Sri Lanka were taught by the youth of Embassy Personnel and children from the Sri Lankan community.  The cultural immersion into Sri Lanka gave the families an unforgettable experience into the life of the people and culture of Sri Lanka.

Closing the session each child received a name of a Sri Lankan child and wrote a letter with great hopes of becoming pen pals.  Children and parents have written, “What a great day of learning with my child. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with wonderful people.  This provided us a great experience to get to know Sri Lanka and the wonderful people.”  “This day was fantastic to share with my child.  We felt as though we had traveled to Sri Lanka. Knowing the culture and people of the world builds a more peaceful world.”

The day was planned in partnership between the Embassy of Sri Lanka and World Artists Experiences in order to build mutual understanding .  World Artists Experiences is a non-profit organization which bridges international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy.