The Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin held a ceremonial commencement of work for year 2016 on 1st January. The event started with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Charge d’ Affaires a.i. in the presence of the staff, which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. A two minute silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and others who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. Affirming their commitment, the reading of the oath of public servants was administered by the staff of the Embassy in three languages, Sinhala, Tamil & English.