The 2018 Sinhala / Tamil New year celebrations organized by the Human Rights Office in Kandy brought together not only leaders of all four major religions but also the faithful to join hands to heal the wounds an reaffirm the trust. Around 175 -225 survivors of Torture, Rape, families of the disappeared and the families of the prisoners came together on the 21st April 2018 to the premises of the Fatima Church in Kundasale - Kandy to celebrate the 2018 Sinhala & Hindu New Year.
It was an occasion to integrate the survivors to their own families and to the larger family, the society. The event also helped the survivors and their families to release their stress and meet courageous survivors of similar Human Rights violations and find strength in them. Majority of the participants being Buddhists & Hindus, celebrated this National event together as a family with joy to mark the dawn of the New Year.
The chief guests, Ven. Dr. Athipla Mangala Thero, Dr. Muzzammil Cader from Samadanam institute, the Hindu priest Rev. Sr. Philomena, the superior of the Padiwatte Convent, and Fr. Nandana Manatunga along the gussets lit the traditional oil lamp to mark the inauguration of the 2018 Sinhala & Hindu New Year celebrations.