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2014

Sinhalese psalm at Asian Catholic Mass in Cleveland

The Cleveland Asian Catholic community to gathered at the 16th annual Asian Mass of the Diocese of Cleveland which took place on Sunday October 5, 2014 at St. Clarence Church. The Responsorial Psalm at Mass was spoken in Sinhala, also known as Sinhalese.

Sinhala is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million. Sinhala is also spoken, as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totaling about 3 million. Sinhala is one of the official and national languages of Sri Lanka.



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Kulagedarin Dumbara Kaduwetiye

This is a video of Sri Lankan dance that resembles a welcome of a newly wedded Sri Lankan couple. It was taken by Prasadani Idippily at the 16th annual Asian Mass of the Diocese of Cleveland.




Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization.

This included the Sri Lanka Community of Cleveland

Sri Lanka Community of Cleveland



Sri Lanka Community of Cleveland


Learn more about each organization including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.


2013

Swan Dance by Sri Lankan community of Cleveland

The Sri Lankan community of Cleveland performed the Swan Dance at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland Ohio.

The Sri Lankan community of Cleveland performed the Swan Dance



The Sri Lankan community of Cleveland performed the Swan Dance





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Sri Lankan History and Culture

The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200).

In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815.

As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007.

By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces.

At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations and other abuses during the conflict.

Map of Sri Lanka


Map of Sri Lanka

(The above courtesy of the CIA World Factbook)


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