16th April 2018 13:09:05 Hours
Giving prominence to custom and traditions, troops under 24 division celebrated Bakmaha Ulela with their beloved families and close relatives at the Division Headquarters premises on 11 April 2018. This is the second consecutive year the ceremony was conducted with the direction of General Officer Commanding 24 Division, Major General LM Mudalige RWP RSP.
The event was commenced with the 12 Km marathon flagged by the GOC at early hrs of the day, opposite the main gate of Division Headquarters and the festival was ceremonially started by Major General Mahinda Mudalige as the Chief Guest by hoisting the national flag and lighting the traditional oil lamp with distinguish special invitees of Brigadier Dharmasiri Kahapola, Commandant Combat Training School together with senior officers of other sister services, police and STF Snr officers.
Almost all troops participated at the event with their family members/relations and was a platform to enhance the solidarity among them.
The event comprised with all the traditional games pertaining to the New Year festival and winners were awarded with valuable gifts. Similarly, all the children who attended for this event were given valuable gifts by Major General Mahinda Mudalige, in addition to the participated games. The role play done by the troops at Gami Gedara were highly impressive to all attendance. A delicious buffet lunch was provided to all attended and transport was arranged to nearest towns. The programme concluded with a musical show by the 3 (V) Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Band which entertained all attended.