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Cash prizes are given for the Vesak lantern competitions of the State Vesak Festival !

2024-06-06

Cash prizes of seven lakh rupees were given to the winners of the Vesak lantern competition of the State Vesak Festival. These cash prizes were presented by Ven. Kosgolle Selarathana Thero, Chairman of the District Sasanakshaka Mandalaya in Matale and Ven. Mugunuwela Anuruddha Thero, Secretary of the Samastha Lanka Shasanarakshaka Mandalaya to Mr. Somarathna Vidanapathirana, […]

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A new program to promote archeology…

2024-05-27

A discussion with the Western Provincial Archeology staff officers was held today (27) at the National Heritage Auditorium under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. Archaeological plans to be carried out in the Western Province, field problems and solutions to the problems were discussed here. Also, attention was […]

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An exhibition of archeological replicas at the State Vesak Festival premises!

2024-05-25

An integrated exhibition featuring artefacts and replicas highlighting Sri Lankan heritage was held at the State Vesak Festival premises. The opening of this exhibition was held with the precedence of Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Prime Minister at the Dharmaraja Piriwen Viharaya in Matale. This exhibition was jointly organized by the Department of Archaeology, the Department of […]

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Public service Devotional Song Concert…

2024-05-24

Simultaneously to the State Vesak festival, the devotional song concert organized by the officials of government institutions in Matale was held at Dharmaraja Piriwena in Matale. Many government institutions including district secretariat of Matale, divisional secretariats, cultural centers, education office were joined for this devotional song series. A special feature here was the presence of […]

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A group of Sri Lankan Islamic devotees to Mecca …

2024-05-21

The first group of 68 Sri Lankan Islamic pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from Katunayake Airport early today (21) out of the 3,500 Islamic pilgrims who are to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage season in Mecca in 2024. Out of that group, 34 were Muslim women and the remaining 34 were Muslim male pilgrims. This […]

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Inauguration ceremony of the State Vesak Festival in Matale…

2024-05-21

The inauguration of the State Vesak Festival was held today (21) at the Dharmaraja Piriwen Viharaya in Matale under the precedence of Hon Dinesh Gunawardena, Prime Minister with the blessings of Maha Sangha. The State Vesak festival of this year is being held in Matale district with the objective of providing necessary facilities for the […]

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Discussions to strengthen Buddhism and culture between Sri Lanka and Thailand …

2024-05-20

A discussion between H.E. Paitoon Mahapannaporn, Ambassador of Thailand and Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs was held today (20) at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. It was discussed regarding the temporary ordination given to public officials by government of the Thailand and minister mentioned that the many […]

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Tamil drama workshop is started at National Arts Academy, Kundasale…

2024-05-11

The Tamil drama workshop held jointly by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Sri Lanka and the State Drama Advisory Council was started today (11) at the National Arts Academy, Kundasale as the request of Tamil dramatists 50 Tamil dramatists from the North and Eastern provinces have participated in this drama workshop which […]

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An official website from the Department of Muslim Affairs to make public work easier..

2024-05-10

The official website of the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs was launched today (10) at the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. Information about the department, public notifications and information about Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs […]

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Steps to repair the outdoor theatre of the Kegalle Cultural Center…

2024-05-03

Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, instructed the relevant officials to make the repair work of the Kegalle Cultural Center expeditiously and to take appropriate measures for the existing problems. The Minister gave instructions on this when he visited the Kegalle Cultural Center to investigate its activities. Also, the minister further […]

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75th Initial Day Ceremony of Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Colombo…

2024-04-29

The 75th Initial Day Ceremony of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), established to strengthen cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka, was held today (29) at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo. This was organized by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Colombo and the event was vivid with Indian classical dance and musical elements highlighting cultural […]

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Discussions with the Secretary of Defence regarding several archeological issues!

2024-03-28

A discussion between Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and Retired General Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary of Defence was held today (28) at Battaramulla Setshiripaya National Heritage Section. Several archaeological problems that have arisen so far were discussed here and after discussing the views of both sides for those problems, a mutual […]

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World Theatre Day’ celebration at Elphinstone Theatre…

2024-03-27

The ‘World Theatre Day’ celebration was held today (27) at the Elphinstone Theatre in Maradana The four children’s dramas, namely “Sihina Lantheruma”, “Lilly’s Magic World”, “Maya Pinsala” and “Kidaram”, created and produced by the students of Tower School of Drama and Performing Arts were performed here under the guidance of veteran dramatist Mr. Chamika Hathlahawaththa. […]

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Many decisions for the improvement of archaeology…

2024-03-20

A committee was appointed to prepare the criteria regarding the removal of the plaques installed at Atamasthana without damaging the antiquities and a committee to prepare criteria for granting permission to external institutions and individuals for archaeological exploration activities today (20) in the Archeology Advisory Council discussion These decisions were taken in the discussion held […]

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130th birth anniversary of Mr. L. H. Meththananda, Leader of the Buddhist National Force is celebrated…

2024-03-19

130th birth anniversary of Mr. L. H. Meththananda, a famous former principal who brought about the new renaissance of Ananda Vidyalaya, was celebrated today (19) at Kularatne Hall of Ananda Vidyalaya in Colombo. He served as the principal of the three major Buddhist schools of the island namely Ananda College and Nalanda College in Colombo […]

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An exemplary village for the country located in Anuradhapura!

2024-03-18

It is imperative for the human resource to be consisted of development attitudes for a country to be developed. It basically requires self-discipline, understanding others and co-operation. The primary organizational structure in which such a group of people lives can be called as a village. The development that is built through the village adds great […]

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Digitalize of the historical city of Anuradhapura…

2024-03-15

A Memorandum of Understanding was submitted to the Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs at the Cultural Ministry today (15) by H.E. Jean Francois Pactet, the Ambassador of France, to map and digitalize the city for promoting the attractiveness of the Anuradhapura city Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and […]

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Making effort to revive Telugu Cultural Center in Tambuttegama !

2024-03-12

Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and a group of ministry officials went to the Telugu Cultural Center today (12) to investigate the condition of the crumbling Telugu Cultural Center in Ikiriwewa, Kudagama of Tambuttegama This cultural center has been opened in 2011 to protect the heritage of Telugu people and […]

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Annual discussion of Ancient Shrine Revival Circle in Anuradhapura!

2024-03-12

The annual meeting of the Ancient Shrine Revival Circle was held today (12) at Vihara Halmillakulam Sri Sugathamaha Vihara in Anuradhapura under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. The progress of last year of the Ancient Shrines Revival Circle as well as the activities and development functions expected […]

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Providing dates donated by Saudi to mosques in this country has been started !

2024-03-11

Dates donated to Sri Lanka by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were symbolically handed over to the mosques in Sri Lanka under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Buddhasasana today (11). Dates have been officially given to three mosques in Colombo district today. As […]

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An exhibition based on female and male social status at the National Museum premises in Colombo!

2024-03-09

An exhibition was held today (09) at the Colombo National Museum premises under the United Nations Development Project programs of the United Nations Office in Colombo with the aim of creating a discourse in the society about violence based on gender and sexual violence. United Nations development programs have been implemented throughout the island for […]

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An awareness program for public in regard of the noble true qualities of God Shiva…

2024-03-09

A special program organized by the Sri Lanka Brahma Kumara Raja Yoga Centre 0was held today (09) with the aim of acknowledging people about the noble true qualities, strengths and powers of God Shiva. There are twelve special Shiva Dewala in India, and twelve replicas of Shiva statues of those have been included in this […]

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The Pansiya Panas Jathaka book is translated to English language!

2024-03-09

The book translated into English as The Revered Book of Five Hundred & Fifty Jataka Stories was presented to Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs by Mr. Rajeev Gunasena, Managing Director, M.D. Gunasena and Company (Private) Limited at the ministry premises. This book translated with great dedication over a period of […]

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The Gita festival was colorful with the participation of many Indo-Sri Lankan distinguished guests!

2024-03-02

The second day of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was vividly held today (02) with the participation of many Indian distinguished guests at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre premises. Bhagwat Gita festival is held annually by the Kurukshetra Development Board of Haryana, India to pay homage to Sri Bhagavad Gita and the series of religious events […]

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International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

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International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

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International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka  

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The first day of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was colorfully held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre!

2024-03-01

The opening ceremony of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was held colorfully today (01) at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre premises with the participation of many distinguished guests. Accordingly, Rangoli and art competitions, cultural fashion elements, Shloka singing competitions, Yagga singing, colorful cultural performances and musical concerts were also held here today, March (01), Bhagavad Gita […]

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Preliminary plans for the Gita festival were discussed…

2024-02-28

A discussion on the organisation of the International Gita Festival, chaired by Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious, and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayake was held today (23) at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center of Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka, Colombo. In this discussion held with representatives of social organisations and Indian associations, ideas were exchanged regarding the […]

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A drug prevention and counseling program for scholars of the Buddhist and Pali University…

2024-02-14

Another phase of the series of programs conducted by the National Drug Prevention Operation Unit with the objective of making the religious leadership to contribute for the drug prevention program was recently held for the scholars of Buddhist and Pali University in Pitipana, Homagama. 02. The purpose of these training programs is the implementation of […]

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Many agreements to strengthen Sri Lanka -Thailand relations…

2024-02-14

A number of free trade agreements to strengthen trade and investment relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand were signed by Mr. Srettha Thavisin, Prime Minister of Thailand who came to Sri Lanka for a two-day official visit Mr. Srettha Thavisin, Prime Minister of Thailand attended the 76th National Independence Day celebration today (04) as the […]

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Seethawaka children wear head decoration…

2023-12-20

The headdress adornment ceremony for 43 students studying upcountry dance at the Seethawaka Cultural Center and its affiliated rural societies in Avissawella and Kahahena was held at the Kosgama Sri Sudarshanarama Viharaya and Danny Wijesundara Stadium. The headdress adornment ceremony was held under the guidance of choreographer Mr. K. A. S. Sumedha. Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, […]

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The money distribution ceremony for 12 Hindu Kovils selected from Kalutara district out of the funds allocated annually to Hindu Kovils by the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs was held at Kalutara Siri Kathir Velayudaswamy Kovil…

2023-12-20

Hindu priests, Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Y. Aniruthanan, Director of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs and a group of devotees joined this event.

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A new program from the Ministry of Buddhasasana to facilitate the activities of the disabled community…

2023-12-18

Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs states that a special program has been prepared in all the institutions under the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs to facilitate the activities of the disabled community. The minister said this today (18) while participating in the art festival of revealing artistic talents […]

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A musical entertainment program called “Sanda Diya Pamula – 2” was held at the auditorium of Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs…

2023-12-07

This program was held under the direction of veteran lyricist, song critic Mr. Dhammika Bandara and journalist Mr. Mahesh Nishshanka. The officials of the ministry sang songs here. Ven. Maha Sangha, Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Somarathna Vidanapathirana, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and […]

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Unveiling the newly constructed stone Samadhi Buddha statue of Sri Paramananda Purana Viharaya in Kotahena …

2023-12-01

The ceremony of unveiling newly constructed stone Samadhi Buddha statue of Sri Paramananda Purana Viharaya in Kotahena was held today (01) amid the blessings of the Maha Sangha. The ceremony was conducted aaccording to the admonitions of Mahanayaka, Anunayaka and Nayaka Theros of three sects including Ven. Thambawita Wimalawansha Thero, M.A., Deputy Sanghanayaka of Colombo […]

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Rs 50,000 scholarships for the talented students of Tower Hall Drama and Theatre arts school…

2023-11-22

The Tower Hall Theatre Foundation is awarding scholarships of Rs.50,000/- each to students who have won the commemorative medals at the diploma awarding ceremony of the two-year full-time Drama and Theatre arts higher diploma course in the academic year 2020/21 at the main office of Tower Hall Theatre Foundation today (22). The scholarships of 50,000/- […]

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National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration magnificently in Silawathura of Mannar…

2023-10-27

The National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration was held at Silawathura Muslim Maha Vidyalaya in Musali Divisional Secretariat of Mannar District today (22) with the precedence of His Excellency President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Key speech at the National Milad-Dun-Nabi Celebration was made by Mawlavi Ashek b. Niamatullah. A commemorative stamp and first day cover were issued for the National Milad-Dun-Nabi […]

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Nawa Rathri Pooja Begins…

2023-10-15

On the first day of Nawa Rathri Pooja, the religious rituals and Pooja were conducted for Mother Durga at the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs today (15). The first three days of Nawa Rathri Pooja are dedicated to Mother Durga and the second three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Also, the last three […]

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Steps for celebrating the National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration in Mannar this year

2023-09-18

Arrangements are made to hold the National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration this year at Silavathurai Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Musali Divisional Secretariat in Mannar District. A discussion on the further activities of the festival was held today (08) at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. Milad-Dun-Nabi is celebrated on 28th September. The discussion in regard of […]

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An agreement to bring back our heritages in the Netherlands

2023-09-04

agreements in regard of returning the 06 artifacts with historical value that were taken by the Dutch East India Trading Company (VOC) when the Royal Palace of Kandy was besieged by the Dutch in 1765 back to Sri Lanka were signed today (28) at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, […]

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A cleansing of hearts in Negombo…

2023-08-08

“Are the religion and race become boundaries for love” educational exhibition was held today (30) at Maris Stella College in Negombo involving children of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic religions. This program was held under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs according to admonitions of clergy of all […]

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This time the “Sahithya Yathra” sails to the island of Delft…

2023-08-02

“Sahithya Yathra” school library development and language literature arts promotion program was held at Delft National School located on Delft Island of Jaffna district under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs In conjunction with the State Literary Awards Ceremony, two schools in the Tamil medium, where learning and […]

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Discussions to expand Tripitaka to the whole world through the internet …

2023-07-20

A discussion related to writing the Buddha Jayanthi Pali Tripitaka in English and releasing it on the internet regarding the Tripitaka, which has been declared as a national heritage was held in the ministry between the Most Ven. Maha Sangha and Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs The discussion was held […]

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The ‘K-pop World Festival’ singing and dancing performance program …

2023-07-19

The ‘K-pop World Festival’ singing and dancing performance program was held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall for the Korean week. Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs participated as the chief guest of this performance program organized by the Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka. The minister gave a congratulatory speech to […]

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Formal arrangements for the convenience of the devotees who come to the annual feast of the church of Our Lady in Matara…

2023-07-18

The annual feast of the church of Our Lady in Matara is scheduled to be held on September (10) this year. Therefore, Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and Mrs. Chathuri Pinto, Director of Christian Affairs visited the church to examine its activities. In the initial meeting, Father Charles Hewawasam, Anunayaka […]

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A series of lectures at the Udugampola Pathahapokuna Archaeological Office simultaneously to the 133rd National Archaeology Day…

2023-07-17

The first day of the three-day workshop organized by the Western Provincial Archaeology Office of the Department of Archeology simultaneously to the 133rd National Archaeology Day began today (10) at the Udugampola Pathahapokuna Archaeology Office under the precedence of Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. An introduction on Hela Wedakama and […]

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Invitation for Bids for Security Services, Sanitary Services and Cleaning Services….

2023-07-17
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Sri Lanka – Iran Children’s Friendship Week magnificently for the children…

2023-07-11

A function jointly organized by the Iranian Cultural Center and the Colombo Public Library was held last (11th) at the Colombo Public Library for the Sri Lanka-Iranian Children’s Friendship Week Various workshops such as literature, drama, sports and film pageants have been included in this and Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural […]

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Six Kandyan artefacts to return home from the Netherlands after more than two centuries

2023-07-07

In a collaborative international provenance research which was concluded in April 2022, six Sri Lankan objects from the Rijksmuseum collection in the Netherlands, were confirmed to be of Lankan origin. A golden and a silver kasthãné or sabre, a golden knife, two maha thuwakku or wall guns and Lewke Disave’s cannon-all belonging to the Kandyan […]

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A new path opens for the development of Sri Lanka-Iran relations

2023-07-05

A discussion on Sri Lankan-Iranian bilateral cultural, religious, scientific and industrial cooperation between Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and Dr. Moazami Goodarzi, Cultural Adviser of Iran Cultural Center held today (05) at the Iran Cultural Center in Colombo. Regarding the exchange of educational programs and technical knowledge between two countries […]

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Arranging measures to attract foreign tourists to “Ulpange”…

2023-06-26

The place of ancient value known as “Ulpange”, where the queens of the reigned kings of the Kandy kingdom are believed to have bathed, is currently maintained as an information center of the Department of Archaeology. A lot of information about Kandy Kingdom can be studied from this place. Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious […]

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The decision to take all the necessary actions to overcome the challenges against the Buddha Dharma and the Buddha Shasana …

2023-06-22

Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs mentioned this while participating in the opening ceremony of the new two-storied building of Kappinna Walawwa Pracheena Bhikshu Vidyalaya, Balapitiya recently. Maha Kappinna Walawwa in Balapitiya, popularly known as the home of the movie and teledrama named “Gamperaliya”, the new two-storied building of the Sri Lanka […]

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A discussion aimed on strengthening cultural ties between Iran and Sri Lanka and promoting tourism…

2023-06-21

The attention of the minister was mostly paid to the ability of iimplementing various programs for further strengthening the cultural relations between Iran and Sri Lanka and thereby focus on the promotion of tourism in Sri Lanka in this discussion held today(19) between the two countries. Also, it was proposed to hold a cultural festival […]

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The state Vesak festival 2023

2023-05-06

The state Vesak festival started on 04.05.2023 at the Halawatha Ratnasiri Piriwen temple upon the invitation of the Minister of Buddhasasana, Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake and headed by the Prime Minister Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena. As per the advice of the Maha Sangharatna of Halawatha Ratnasiri Piriven Temple, under the full supervision of the Minister of Buddhasasana […]

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The inaugural ceremony of the Alliance for Cultural Heritage in Asia was held on April 24 in Xian Province, People’s Republic of China…

2023-04-26

Cabinet Minister of Buddhasasna, Religious and Cultural affairs Hon. Vidura Wickramanyake presented his video massage at founding Assembly of the Alliance for cultural Heritage in Asia on 24 th April around 2.00 pm at Xian province – People’s Republic of China. Hon. Minister highlighted the amicable and close cultural relationship between Asian nations. And focused […]

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Solutions to the problems of the students of Tower Tamil Drama and Theater School..

2023-04-03

The students of Jaffna Tower Tamil Media School of Drama and Performing Arts, who came for the World Theater Day celebration on March 27, met Minister Vidura Wickramanayake and other heads of ministries at Apegama Premises in Battaramulla that afternoon. All those who participated in this event discussed with the audience about the subject development […]

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55 for a simple ballad!

2023-03-28

Mr. Sumathipala Perera, President of the All Ceylon Ballad Association, said today (25) at the Colombo Public Library Auditorium that the ballad, which is an art peculiar to Sri Lanka, has now become a disappearing art among Sri Lankan fans, and he and his team are engaged in the task of re-popularizing it. A group […]

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World Puppet Day celebration

2023-03-22

Today (21) the “Puppet Theater Show and Cultural Vision” showcasing Sri Lanka’s Ambalangoda traditional thread puppetry, which was a world heritage along with the World Puppet Day celebration, was held in a grand manner at the Kamatha Open Air Premises of the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall, Colombo. The concert was organized under the guidance of […]

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Bamunakotua Cultural Center in Atugal town hands over to local children and artists.

2023-03-16

Cultural centers like this can be called as a major center that preserves the historical heritage of our country and transfers the cultural gifts to the future generations. In order to create a society that works for God and respects God, good support is provided through the establishment of such cultural centers. Minister in charge […]

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Ridhigama Cultural Center to the people…

2023-03-13

The main purpose of this Ridhigama Cultural Center, which was built on a land adjacent to the historic Ridhigama Raja Maha Vihara, is to improve the artistic skills of the local youth and children and to provide maximum service as an exhibition center.

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The Indian High Commissioner and his team meet the Minister…

2023-03-13

Regarding the future administrative activities of the Jaffna Cultural Center recently awarded by the Government of India and the projects to be implemented by the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs using the 15 million dollar grant money, Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, the Minister in charge of the subject, along with the Indian High Commissioner […]

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The faces of Galle heritage will be new…

2023-03-10

The appointment of new members for the management board of the Galle Urumaya Foundation under the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs was done today (09) at the premises of the Galle Urumaya Foundation. Dr. T.M.J.N Kure was appointed as the new chairman of Galle Urumaya Foundation and Mr. AH Anil Kumarasiri, Chamikara Pilapitiya, […]

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For pregnant mothers A lyrical clinic…

2023-03-09

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a program called “Senehasa” Pleasure Clinic was held at Setsiripaya Office Complex in Battaramulla today (08) for pregnant mothers working in the ministry premises.  

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First step in Heritage Forum between Italy and Sri Lanka

2023-03-02

The first step of the Heritage Forum between Italy and Sri Lanka was held last (27) at the Italian Embassy, with the aim of supporting the Italian government to preserve the cultural heritage of our country. It is hoped to develop the exchange of ideas and cultural cooperation between the two countries in the fields […]

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Efforts are being made to provide quick solutions to the livelihood issues of the Telugu people

2023-02-28

There are currently 7 villages where the Telugu people live in Sri Lanka. They earn their livelihood by exhibiting traditional cultural and traditional skills (such as performances using snakes) to local and foreign tourists. They have been living in the areas of Sigiriya, Galle, Trincomalee near the hot water springs, which are mostly visited by […]

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Discussions on expanding cultural cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka

2023-02-23

A bilateral discussion was held at the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs (Cultural Division) last (21) to discuss future programs aimed at developing cultural cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka. Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, the minister in charge of the subject, who participated in the discussion, paid special attention to the implementation of programs […]

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After 34 years, the Republic Parade is going on a street tour

2023-02-22

The Republic Perahara, which was held after thirty-four years at the historic Sri Dalada Palace in Kandy, toured the streets of Kandy today (19). Its opening ceremony was presided over by the President Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Prime Minister Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena. The parade was organized in conjunction with the 75th Independence Day celebrations […]

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A discussion of the Malwatu Party and the Asgiri Karaka Karaka Support Association at the Kandy President’s House…

2023-02-21

On the last (18) in the Kandy President’s House regarding several requests made by the members of the Malwatu Asgiri Committee on several issues such as turning the Pali and Buddhist University into an “international center of Buddhist studies”, raising the quality of education in Piriven, holding the 2023 Vesak festival with government intervention. discussed. […]

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Maha Shiva Ratri is celebrated by Hindu devotees with great devotion.

2023-02-20

The day when Lord Shiva demonstrated to the world that he is the most powerful god in the world is considered as Maha Shiva Rathriya. Department of Hindu Religious Affairs, Kalutara in association with Sri Kadirvelayuda Swamy Temple celebrated the Maha Sivaratri Blessing Pujotsava on the premises of the temple on the last (18th) with […]

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The first committee meeting to revise the National Cultural Policy….

2023-02-20

The first committee meeting to amend the National Cultural Policy was held last (16) at the Setsiripaya Cultural Affairs Ministry Auditorium under the chairmanship of the minister in charge of the subject. The National Cultural Policy has been published through the Special Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka bearing No. 1525/12. The […]

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The book Lionel Gunathilake’s Introduction to Sri Lankan Dance and Music Art and the Information Directory of Stage Theater Artists are launched.

2023-02-20

Lionel Gunathilake’s Introduction to Sri Lankan Dance and Music Art and Information Directory of Stage Theater Artists Launched Kalabhushan Lionel Gunathilak, a talented musician who has done a great job for the advancement of the local theater and dance music industry, has done a great service for the future development of the local arts by […]

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155th Birthday Celebration and Educational Scholarship Award Ceremony of Sir DB Jayathilaka

2023-02-15

The program was held on the occasion of the 155th birth anniversary of Sir Baron Jayathilaka, who was the first Honorary President of the Buddhist Federation, and was chaired by the Master, Royal Pandita His Holiness Trincomalee Ananda. In this birthday celebration held with the participation of the Minister of Buddhist Religious and Cultural Affairs […]

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The “Yapa Patune Cultural Center” was opened, opening the way for the cultural revival of the people of the north.

2023-02-14

With the help of the Government of India was held under the chairmanship of the Honorable President Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe last (11) in a grand manner. This cultural building, which was also beautiful with the present cultural elements, is the gift given to our country by the Indian people including the Prime Minister of India […]

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The launch of the first book of Abhidharma Pitaka consisting of 07 books “Sinhala Dhammasadganipkarana” was done by the Department of Buddhist Affairs

2023-02-13

The launch of the first book of Abhidharma Pitaka consisting of 07 books “Sinhala Dhammasadganipkarana” was done by the Department of Buddhist Affairs under the guidance of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, and the first copy of it was presented at the President’s Office last (09) by the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural […]

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Commemorating the 75th Independence Day, Hon. E.W. Perera celebrates his merits.

2023-02-13

In the year 1915, he strategically went to Britain in order to alleviate the sad situation by killing national leaders and the people, together with Hon. He carried out a pioneering mission to remove the then governor. In 1924 as a Kalutara member of parliament and in 1931 in the universal suffrage election, he was […]

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The center of socio-cultural activities including the cultural revival of the people of the North, “Yapa Patune Cultural Center” will be inaugurated on the 11th of this month.

2023-02-10

  This will fill the gap of a cultural center that embodies harmony and cooperation among the various communities of the island. The Jaffna Cultural Center, which was built with the help of the Government of India, provides social infrastructure for the people of Jaffna, including the people of the Northern Province, especially Jaffna, to […]

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“Path to Freedom” 75th Independence Celebration Exhibition

2023-02-07

A foreign delegation including the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, visited the “Path to Freedom” 75th Independence Celebration Exhibition last (06). Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, visited the National Museum and all the historical artifacts and documents in this exhibition with great attention and […]

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“Path to Freedom” 75th Independence Celebration Exhibition from 04th to 10th at the National Museum, Colombo…

2023-02-07

Organized under the full supervision and guidance of Minister Vidura Wickramanayake, this exhibition has given you the opportunity to see many artifacts, rare documents and books that you will never get to see. You can see this exhibition from February 4th to 10th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Colombo Museum.  

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Exhibition to mark 75th Anniversary of Independent Sri Lanka

2023-02-02
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Discussions between Deputy High Commissioner of Maldives and Minister Hon. Vidura Wickramanayake to implement programs to strengthen cultural cooperation between Maldives and Sri Lanka.

2023-01-22

The minister drew attention to the current status of the cultural cooperation agreement to be signed between the two countries as well as the agreement related to the National Archives Department. The two parties discussed the need for various diplomatic agreements to develop cultural cooperation between Sri Lanka and Maldives and the Minister expressed his […]

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The National Thai Pongal Festival at Sri Kadiresan Temple, Thalawakelaya

2023-01-16

The National Thai Pongal Festival organized by the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs was held in a grand manner at Sri Kadiresan Temple, Thalawakelaya (15th). Mr. Vidura Wickramanayake, who participated in this event, expressed his views and said that just as Thai Pongal festival aims to show gratitude to Mother Nature including the […]

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To the attention of the minister in charge of the problems faced by the nuns of Anuradhapura area.

2022-12-12

Current problems faced by the nuns of Anuradhapura area were submitted to the attention of the minister in charge of the subject The nuns presented their current problems to the minister at the end of the medical clinic programs and the session held yesterday (10th) at the New Sanghamiththarama Silmatha Training Center at Arippu Road, […]

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Revival circle of historic religious shrines of Maha Vihara Vamsika Sri Lanka Ramanya Maha Nikaya…

2022-12-12

A discussion organized by the Revival Circle of Historical Religious Sacred Places of Maha Vihara Vanshika Sri Lanka Ramagngna Maha Nikaya, was held yesterday (10th) at Sri Sugatha Maha Viharaya, Halmillakulama, Anuradhapura. The attention was drawn to a number of issues including the existing problems related to the sacred places belonging to the Sri Lanka Ramagngna […]

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Bilateral discussions regarding the Italian-Sri Lankan cultural exchange programs

2022-12-12

This discussion held today (08) at the cultural division of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs in Setshiripaya with the participation of Italian Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E. Rita Giuliana Mannella and Mr. Gaetano Castellini Curiel, candidacy member of EXPO Rome 2030 and the staff including Hon. Minister Vidura Wickremanayake. Mrs. Anoja P. […]

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On the occasion of the upcoming Christmas Day, the Christmas postage stamp issue program is organized jointly by the Department of Christian Religious Affairs and the Bureau of Stamps.

2022-12-12

The Christmas postage stamp issuing program annually organized jointly by the Department of Christian Religious Affairs and the Philatelic Bureau on the occasion of the upcoming Christmas Day The selection of art for these stamps is done by selecting best artworks from the art competitions held annually among the school children. This is organized by […]

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A discussion with representatives of the All Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Associations Federation

2022-11-21

A discussion with the representatives of All-Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Association Conference A discussion with the representatives including National President Mr. Ihsaan Hameed of the All-Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Association (YMMA) Conference was held on (16th) at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs. The matters regarding the current problems faced by the Muslim […]

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All Ceylon Silmata National Board Meeting…

2022-11-21

The meeting of the Samastha Lanka Silmatha Jathika Mandalaya was held on 18th of this month in the auditorium of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs The meeting of the Samastha Lanka Silmatha Jathika Mandalaya was held under the precedence of Hon. President Ven. Polonnaruwe Dhammananda Silmaniyo and Hon. Chief Registrar Ven. Mulgirigala […]

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National Literary Awards 2022

2022-11-21

The National Literary Awards Ceremony 2022 was held today at the Bandaranaike Conference Hall in Colombo under the precedence of Hon. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. The skillful literary scholars who have dedicated themselves to the literature of our country were honored with the awards here. The new generation of literary scholars as well as the […]

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