September 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Deputy Chief of Mission Tissa Wijerante greets guests at the
Ifthar celebration.

The Sri Lankan Muslims community in greater Washington area
particpated in prayers

Guests take part at the Ifthar reception.

Sri Lankan Americans who are part of the Washington area Muslim community joined together at the Embassy of Sri Lanka Sept. 5 to celebrate Ifthar, or the breaking of the fast, as part of Ramadan.

The Ifthar ceremony continued an embassy tradition of celebrating the important ceremonies of the religions of Sri Lanka. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is celebrated by fasting from dawn until sundown.

Mr.Nazeer Azeez conducted prayers during the Ifthar, reminding the guests that Ramadan is also meant as a time of contemplation, forgiveness and renewal.

Deputy Chief of Mission Tissa Wijeratne opened the ceremony by welcoming the embassy’s guests on behalf of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya. The deputy said that the fasting of Ramadan represents a lesson in discipline and devotion, “that others may learn from.”

“As you all know, the Muslim community in Sri Lanka has made so many significant contributions to society,” Mr. Wijeratne said. “Wherever we look, whether it is in politics or in the business professions, academic or cultural fields — in every sphere — the Muslim community has played a vital role.”

A reception followed the breaking of the fast and Maghrib Prayers.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC