Devotees to Katchativu St. Anthony’s Church festival start arriving By K.T.Rajasingham (Asiantribune.com)

Devotees to Katchativu St. Anthony’s Church festival start arriving

Sat, 2011-03-19 04:37 —
By K.T.Rajasingham
Colombo, 19 March, (Asiantribune.com):

Devotees to Katchativu St. Anthony’s Church festival start arriving. A maximum of 3000 Indian devotees from Rameswaram will start arriving from today onwards to participate in the Katchativu St. Anthony’s annual church festival. Also another 3000 Sri Lankan devotees are too estimated to participate in the Church festival.

The Church festival is scheduled for 20th of March, but Sri Lanka Government has agreed to receive Indian devotees from 19th and they will be allowed to stay overnight in the islet of Katchativu.

In the meantime, Sri Lankan devotees participating in the St. Anthony’s Church celebrations have started to leave to Katchativu from yesterday morning by 4 AM onwards.

Devotees started going by boats to Katchativu from Grunagar, Sangupitty, Delft and Kurikattuwan jetties. From today and tomorrow, boats from these jetties are available from 4 AM to 6 PM to leave for Katchativu.

Earlier, Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip, and also the former Minister for Urban Development and Sacred Area Development of Sri Lanka told the Parliament in 2009 that “Sri Lanka Government has decided to declare Kachchativu island as a sacred area and develop it.”

The Government Agent of Jaffna Ms. Imelda Sugumar, when speaking to Asian Tribune said that St. Anthony’s Church festival scheduled for 20th March is one of the Gazetted Festivals and a total of 6000 devotees both from India and Sri Lanka are expected arrive to Katchativu.

She said that Velanai and Delfts MPCS are making necessary arrangements of food and snacks to the devotees. She also said that for the convenience of the Indian devotees a bank branch has also been set up in the islet for changing foreign currencies.

Devotees are warned not to take with them Polythene shopping bags. This warning was issued to stop polluting Katchativu islet.

– Asian Tribune –

Source : http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/03/18/devotees-katchativu-st-anthony%E2%80%99s-church-festival-start-arriving

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