From the 23rd to the 26th of November 2021, family and friends of the late Mangala Samaraweera will come together to mark the passage of three months since his untimely passing, in a series of private and public occasions for reflection.
On Thursday 25th November, Mangala’s ashes will be placed at ‘The Restpect’ Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 08, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all those who wish to pay their respects to do so.
On the morning of Friday 26th November, Mangala’s ashes will be taken to Matara in a limited vehicle procession by his family and friends.
In Matara, the ashes will be placed at the Olanda Dutch Market Hall (Nupe), a community center that was restored under Mangala’s purview, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. for all those who wish to pay their last respects.
At 4 p.m., religious rites will be performed by members of the clergy representing Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Christian traditions before the ashes will be taken in a procession to the final resting place of Khema’s boy and beloved son of Matara and Sri Lanka to the Matara Cemetery for interment in the Samaraweera family grave.
All those who pay their respects to Mangala through their physical presence and participation are kindly urged to observe COVID safety precautions.
The Samaraweera Foundation further said that they intend to launch a website memorializing Mangala in the coming weeks and months that will contain details of his work and his dreams for Sri Lanka as a nation that is reconciled, peaceful, and prosperous where every individual is treated with dignity, adding that the Foundation looks forward to sharing information about future events and opportunities for like-minded individuals of all age groups to work together to fulfill Mangala’s progressive vision for Sri Lanka.