To share the blessings of Ramadan, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin celebrated the traditional Ifthar on Monday, 11th June 2018, at the Embassy premises. The event was well attended by a large gathering of the Sri Lankan and German Muslim community living in Berlin and representatives from the Sri Lanka Associations in Berlin.
The Ambassadors of Pakistan and Maldives also graced the event and appreciated Sri Lanka’s efforts in promoting ethnic and religious harmony between its communities.
Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Karunasena Hettiarachchi highlighted the significance of Ramadan, the month of introspection, tolerance and restraint, and emphasized the importance of promoting inter-faith harmony for the betterment of the country. Ambassador Hettiarachchi further stated that the celebration of such events highlights Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic and multicultural nature. The Embassy Ifthar celebration provided an opportunity for the Sri Lankan community to commit to support their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in their efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation.
Moulavi Fathiah led the Ifthar prayers and blessed the country, the people of Sri Lanka and the participants. He recalled the significance of Ramadan and how it contributes to self-development and global peace.
The breaking of the fast and prayers were followed by a dinner with Sri Lankan cuisine.