The ceremony began with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Ambassador Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, who chaired the occasion. National Anthem was sung in Sinhala and Tamil and traditional oil lamp was also lit.
The Festival was filled with traditional customs and rituals, which was an immense opportunity for Sri Lankans in Beijing and adjacent areas to get together and showcase the value of the Sri Lankan customs to all foreign visitors.
All the foreign visitors to the event were warmly welcomed according to the Sinhalese rituals and they were entertained with cultural performances by Beijing and Tianjin Students Cultural troupes and were treated with traditional Sri Lankan food.
The event also offered the experience of more than 30 ‘Aurudu’ games to the participants who enjoyed marathon, pillow fighting, tug of war, bursting of balloons.
At the end of the ceremony the selection of ‘Awurudu Kumara’ and ‘Awurudu Kumari’ among the other events, was the most eye-catching event.