SRI LANKAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON DC WINS THE HEARTS OF US CULTURAL ENTHUSIASTS!

May 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Washington, May 9, 2013: The Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC played host to a record number of over 3600 US cultural enthusiasts during the 06th annual Passport DC –around the World Embassy Tour on Saturday, May 04th. In keeping with the Embassy’s ongoing efforts in promoting Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for tourism and business, a series of events were organized to showcase Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage, unique hospitality and spectacular natural beauty.

The usually serene Embassy Row in Washington DC became a hive of activity when over 40 Embassies participated in the sixth annual Passport DC around the World Embassy Tour.

The festive atmosphere coupled with an exciting range of events won the hearts of the visitors who were streaming into the Sri Lanka Embassy premises from 10 am to 4.00 pm. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Priyanga Wickramasuriya were seen mingling with the visitors and greeting them throughout the day. The Embassy staff and their family members were on hand to assist the visitors, respond to their inquiries and brief them on the rich cultural heritage and numerous attractions that Sri Lanka has to offer

The fashion corner attracted many visitors who were eager to be photographed in traditional Sri Lankan attire. The ladies had the opportunity of wearing sarees including of the Kandyan style. The gents had the opportunity of wearing colorful batik and silk sarongs and shirts.

Another of this year’s highlights was the photographic exhibition depicting Sri Lanka’s cultural and heritage sites, verdant landscape, scenic beaches and glimpses into rural lifestyle. Informative publications and DVDs on Sri Lanka tourism, Ceylon Tea, trade & investments opportunities were distributed among the visitors.

The visitors also experienced Sri Lankan hospitality by being served delectable Sri Lankan cuisine including milk rice, spicy kottu, pol roti with sambol, patties and pan cakes. Guests also had the occasion to savor Fine Pure Ceylon Tea. Walters Bay Iced tea with 100 % Pure Ceylon tea was a perfect drink to quench the thirst on a balmy sunny day.

All visitors departing the Embassy took the opportunity to participate in a free raffle draw which offered attractive prizes from Sri Lanka.

Around the World Embassy Tour is part of the annual Passport DC celebration, a month-long international program organized by the Washington based nonprofit Cultural Tourism DC.

Captions:

01. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya with a group of university students visiting the embassy during the Passport DC Embassy open house on May 4, 2013, Washington.

02. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Priyanga Wickramasuriya with a group of visitors including US-Sri Lankan community members photographed at the Passport DC Embassy open house on May 4, 2013, Washington.

03. Ambassador Wickramasuriya, Deputy Chief of the Mission Ambassador Esala Weerakoon, Minister Commercial Mr. Bandula Somasiri with Ms. Jan Du Plain of Cultural Tourism DC on May 4, 2013, Washington

04. Younger visitors learning about Sri Lanka during the Passport DC –around the World Embassy Tour on May 4, 2013 , Washington.

05. Visitors at the busy fashion corner assisted by the Embassy staff members to dress in Sri Lankan attire (on May 4, 2013, Washington)

06. Visitors photographed with a traditional Sri Lankan mask bearer during the Passport DC Embassy open house on May 4, 2013, Washington

07. Visitors dressed in Sri Lankan attire during the Passport DC Embassy open house on May 4, 2013, Washington

08. Guests enjoying hot cup of Ceylon tea and Walters Bay Iced tea with 100 % Pure Ceylon tea during the Passport DC Embassy open house on May 4, 2013, Washington

09. Informative publications and DVDs on Sri Lanka tourism, Ceylon Tea, trade & investments opportunities were available for the visitors (on May 4, 2013, Washington)

10. A record number of over 3600 US cultural enthusiasts visited the Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington during the 2013 Passport DC –around the World Embassy Tour on May 4,2013