The HRO staff team worked very hard on the previous day and in the morning to ensure the smooth operation of the day. Getting out of the usual rhythm, this year the participants were divided in to 20 groups and each and every participant was given an opportunity to share their story in the group. Following the group activity, the members of each group were called upon to introduce each other and the issues that they shared. Soon they discovered the common uniting factor that they all seek Justice being survivors of some sort of grave Human Right violation.
With religious observances and lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the guest and the survivors, the annual Tamil & Sinhala New Year gathering was inaugurated at 10.30 a.m. at the Retreat house premises at Lewella Kandy. Father Nandana explained the significance of the gathering and welcomed all those who were present.
Finally to conclude the event a closing ceremony was held to award winners of the games and competitions with prizes. Fr Joseph Miranda, Dr. Clotilda and Fr. Nandana gave away the prizes to the winners and all the children who were present for the celebrations.
The participants and the guests joined the fellowship meal that was prepared by the HRO staff, concluding the annual Sinhala and Hindu 2014 New year gathering.