Dalada Perahera concludes successfully
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday extended his profound thanks on behalf of the Government and people to all those involved in the conduct of the first Dalada Perahera since the unification of the country after 30 years, in such grand splendour and it's successful conclusion.
The President was speaking after receiving the traditional scroll from the Diyawadana Nilame declaring that the Esala Perahera has been successfully concluded, at a ceremony at the President's House in Kandy yesterday.
The perahera officially ended after the handing over of the scroll to the President by the Diyawadana Nilames accompanied by the Basnayake Nilames of the sathara devales who went in a perahera to the President's House. Gifts were also handed over to artistes who performed well at the Perahera. Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela paid special tribute in the Perahera scroll to the President, Defence Secretary and the Security Forces for dedicating themselves to the unification of the country after 30 years.
Of special note was the decision taken by the Diyawadana Nilame and the Basnayake Nilames to refrain from making any requests from the President through the Perahera scroll since the President had met all the requests contained in the scroll presented last year.