“The Kataragama festival is the biggest annual multi-cultural event in the Southern Part of Sri Lanka and is not only a religious festival but a glamorous cultural event that characterises the religious harmony of the island. Thousands of devotees from different religious backgrounds gather annually during the period of July to pay homage to this sacred place.
HIP has always encouraged diversity and this sponsorship is in line with the port’s social responsibility to promote cultural and religious activity in the region,” says Hambantota International Port group (HIPG) Senior General Manager HR Group Jeevan Premasara.
HIPG CEO Johnson Liu, visited the Kataragama Devalaya premises on July 9, and handed over the donation to Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya Basnayake Nilame Dishan Gunasekara. The CEO was accompanied by CFO Raymond Mu, Senior General Manager, HR and Admin Jeevan Premasara, and other members of the port Management team.
During the visit, Liu and the Management team worshiped the “Kiri Vehera” dagoba and took part in religious observances organized by the Basnayake Nilame to invoke blessings for the future development of HIP and its successful operations through the year. The Basnayaka Nilame gifted a special memento to Liu to mark the visit.