Special Post – Pope Francis Visit to Sri Lanka 2015

Deviating from Travel & Documentary, today I thought of sharing a historical event currently happening in Sri Lanka.Pope Francis has arrived in Sri Lanka as a part of his 6 days Asian tour and he will stay in the country from 13th to 15th of January 2015.

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A banner displalyed in the Streets of Colombo in Celebration of Pope Francis visit to Sri Lanka

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People started to gather in the streets and celebrate the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka

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Securities were tightened at the Archbishops house in colombo

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Students belong to Muslim ethnicity happily waiting to welcome Pope Francis in the streets of Colombo

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Large crowd awaits in Colombo – Sri Lanka to welcome Pope Francis

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Pope Francis looking at the crowd in Colombo – Sri Lanka

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Pope Francis looking at the crowd in Colombo – Sri Lanka

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Pope Francis in his popemobile vechicle in Colombo Sri Lanka

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People looking through the fences around the archbishops house to get photographs of the deligates visited with pope Francis

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Some more pictures from Jaffna Dutch Fort

The old dutch fort which is an iconic landmark in Jaffna, Sri Lanka was renovated recently and the looks were kept closer to how it looked like a century back.

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The sunset at the nearby pannai bridge casting a vibrant yellow on the newly renovated Dutch fort in Jaffna – Sri Lanka.

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The stairs to the top platform of the Colonial Dutch Fort – Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

A church at the shore

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From 1580, when the first church was built in Jaffna, by the Portuguese-the Christianity started to flourish in the peninsula.Many people were converted into christianity and sooner it became a religion to be followed by most of the people in the land, second to Hinduism.Due to the geography of Jaffna it was easy to access it by ships and boats, and it is obvious that christianity is being followed by most of the fishing communities at the coastal stretch of the region.Beautiful churches can be seen everywhere, at the beautiful locations- spreading religious harmony in the region.

Helping Little Hands

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This child, around 9 years old, could be mostly seen at the highway connecting Batticaloa to Trincomalee near vaakarai.During every evening after school, along with his village friends-both girls and boys around his age, he used to hang around the roadside with few bags in his hands, containing freshly plugged tamarind,mango,and lime.He will almost jump infront of the running vehicles hoping to sell the bags, which will earn him few hundred rupees, that will help his poor parents to run the family.However im confused whether to add this into child labour.. so decided to end the conversation with the child by just saying…go home and study !!..after buying the last bag of tamarind hoping he would go home..and im happy he did , along with his sister..

Kooththu – An Ancient Tamil Tradition

‘Kooththu’ is a traditional Tamil cultural art form that is practiced in Sri Lanka mainly in Jaffna & Batticaloa districts.It is a mixture of dances and drama sequences.Performers were trained by ‘Kooththu masters’ (அண்ணாவியார்).With the emergence of the modern era ,these centuries old ancient art-forms are now at the risk of extinction.See more images at my official site www.theasianpictures.com.

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A face makeup being applied to a Kooththu performer in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka.

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A young kooththu performer dressed-up as a prince.Future existence of ‘kooththu’ lies on these young volunteers from the rural villages.Certain schools in the Batticaloa district now have implemented curriculum for the after-school training of this ancient art form.

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A kooththu performer dressed as a king is showing an aggresive stance.The trainer (kooththu master) usually stands at the center along with his team.They sing together, cheer-up the performers and even help the actors when the usual make-up faults happen.

 

 

A Fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon

I recently heard of an unique fishing method followed by few fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon.Out of curiosity i decided to embark on a journey one fisherman takes daily.

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63 years old Raju starts his work at 5.45am every day – Till 9 am he travels around the lagoon collecting the fishes he caught last night with the boxes made out of metal nets,a unique way of fishing which you will encounter in this lagoon.

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Foods made of rice,flour,sea weeds are kept inside the cage,to eat which,the fishes come inside the trap and never return.
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From the shallow waters to the deep part of the lagoon in the middle,Raju have made traps.This is somewhere in the middle of the deep lagoon,where he tries to take out the trap.He marks the area with a long stick,which often disappears if large amount of water comes from the sea during night.However this man with 43 years of experience can find out the places at easily.

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That was a happy day for this fisherman.A great catch.That will earn him around 2000 rs today.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is often considered a 8th wonder of the world is a famous landmark in Sri Lanka.The rock was modified into a rock fortress by King Kashyappa an ancient ruler of the country.This is the place where you can see the magnificent wall frescoes of Sigiriya depicting beautiful female figures, which closely resembles the Ajanta frescoes in India.Now this place is one of the most traveled location in the country by the foreign tourists as well as almost all the locals.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress as seen from a forest in the surrounding.

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A little girl walking towards Sigiriya Rock Fortress – World Heritage site in Sri Lanka

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Ancient painting of beautiful ladies with flowers in hands at sigiriya rock fortress caves – Unesco world heritage site in Sri Lanka

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Group of school children standing at the edge of top most part of Sigiriya Rock Fortress with the beautiful landscape in the background at dusk- a Unesco World Heritage site in Sri Lanka