A Festive Night to Remember: SLAASC’s Christmas Wonderland in North Hollywood

In a dazzling display of holiday spirit, the Sri Lanka Association of Southern California (SLAASC) hosted an unforgettable Christmas Wonderland event on December 9th in North Hollywood, California. The evening was a resounding success, attracting hundreds of Sri Lankans from across the region, eager to partake in the festive celebrations.

The venue, under the meticulous guidance of SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte and his dedicated committee, was transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Thousands of twinkling lights and beautifully adorned Christmas trees set the stage for an evening of joy and community spirit. In an enchanting touch, guests were delighted by the gentle fall of fake snow, adding to the winter atmosphere of the celebration.

Gracing the event with their presence were esteemed guests of honor, Lal Perera and his wife Praxid, who joined the festivities alongside Los Angeles Consul General Dr. Lalith Chandradasa. Their attendance underscored the significance of the event within the Sri Lankan community in Southern California.

The highlight of the evening was the heartwarming performance by Sri Lankan children, who took center stage to sing Christmas carols. Having diligently practiced for the occasion, their rendition captivated the audience, showcasing their talent and the vibrant cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. The children’s performance was not only a testament to their hard work but also a focal point of the event that brought together the community in a shared celebration of the festive season.

Keith Ranga and Medini Ratnayaka, the evening’s masters of ceremonies, skillfully navigated the program, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for all in attendance. Their contribution added to the overall success of the event, which was later televised in Sri Lanka, allowing those abroad to partake in the joy and unity of the occasion.

The SLAASC’s Christmas Wonderland and Carols event was more than just a celebration; it was a demonstration of community, culture, and the festive spirit that defines the holiday season. The successful turnout and the impeccable organization of the event underscored the SLAASC’s commitment to bringing together Sri Lankans in Southern California for occasions that celebrate their rich cultural heritage. The evening left a lasting impression on all who attended, marking yet another successful chapter in the association’s history of community engagement and cultural celebration. Well done to the SLAASC and everyone involved in making the event a memorable one for the Sri Lankan community in California.