“PASSPORT DC – AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSY TOUR"
Sri Lanka Embassy, Washington DC participated in the 5th annual Passport DC – Around the World Embassy Tour on Saturday (May 5). Over 2500 visitors toured the embassy premises as it opened its doors to the public from 10AM to 4 PM. The Chancery of the Embassy was created to depict a mosaic of Sri Lankan experiences to the visitors showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage.ATTRACTS OVER 2500 VISITORS TO THE SRI LANKA EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON DC Washington DC: Sri Lanka Embassy, Washington DC participated in the 5th annual Passport DC – Around the World Embassy Tour on Saturday (May 5). Over 2500 visitors toured the embassy premises as it opened its doors to the public from 10AM to 4 PM. The Chancery of the Embassy was created to depict a mosaic of Sri Lankan experiences to the visitors showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage. The authentic Sri Lankan hospitality was the highlight of the total visitor-experience with Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and the staff members welcoming and entertaining the visitors throughout the program. All visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the finest Pure Ceylon Tea with a choice of either hot or iced. Moreover all the guests were served with a spread of testy hot and spicy Sri Lankan cuisine. The staff members were on hand to brief the guests about Sri Lanka and responded to their queries. Tourism promotional materials and Pure Ceylon tea were distributed among the visitors. Another attraction was the opportunity afforded for the visitors to dress in traditional Sri Lankan attire. The female staff members of the Embassy assisted the ladies to wear Sarees in both Kandian and Indian styles. Similarly, gents were given the opportunity to wear sarongs and shirts. Those visitors in Sarees, Sarongs and Shirts were seen enthusiastically taking pictures of themselves as a memento to remember this unique experience. Passport DC is one of the main tourist events in Washington DC organized by Cultural Tourism DC, a non-governmental body destined to promote tourism highlighting the city’s immensely diverse culture and heritage. The Embassy of Sri Lanka participated at this important promotional event for the fourth consecutive year. [gallery] Picture Captions: 01. American visitors collect Tourist promotional material on Sri Lanka during the Passport DC around the World Embassy Tour - 2012 02. A group of young visitors dressed in traditional Sri Lankan attires pose for a photograph 03. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya (3rd right) and Minister Political of the Embassy Mrs. Wasantha Perera (far right) with a group of young visitors dressed in Sri Lankan costumes 04. The visitors to Sri Lanka embassy had the opportunity to try Sarees, Batik shirts and Sarongs on them 05. The long queue for the Vesak Dansela – a fair recreation of Sri Lankan crowds engaged in sightseeing on the same day 06. A Sri Lankan-American chef preparing Kottu Rotti for the visitors eagerly waiting to taste hot spicy Sri Lankan food. 07. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya (right)with a young American visitor dressed in Saree and an Embassy employee (left) in traditional Sri Lankan attire 08. Female staff members of the embassy assist the visitors to try Sarees on them 09. Two family members of the Embassy staff helping a visitor to wear a Saree in Kandiyan style 10. Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States & Mexico Jaliya Wickramasuriya (2nd right), with Ms. Jan Du Plain , Embassy Liaison of Cultural Tourism DC , with two senior diplomats of the embassy Mr. Bandula Somasiri ,Minister Commercial (far tight) and Mr. K.D. Ranjith Minister Consular and Finance (far left)