May, 22, 2018
Sri Lanka’s leading private hospitals multi-chain Hemas Hospitals organized a number of activities for this year’s Vesak celebrations on a grand scale, including the lighting of colourful lanterns, dhamma sermons, a pirith ceremony and dansals. These activities attracted flocks of crowds from all over the country.
Kicking things off, Wattala and Thalawathugoda Hemas hospitals as well as Hemas Laboratory Services took part in Hemas Group’s annual Vesak celebrations ‘Hemas Vesak Kalapaya’, which commenced parallel to the Sri Buddha Rashmi Vesak Kalapaya by Hunupitiya Gangarama Temple, by lighting up three Vesak lanterns. These graceful creations were entirely designed and crafted by staff members from each establishment. Members from the hospital chain also took part in a ‘Bhakthi Gee’ recital, which had staff members from different ethnic backgrounds and religious denominations.
Members of the hospital chain took the liberty in organizing different activities to celebrate Vesak at their own hospital premises. Hemas Thalawathugoda organized an ice-cream dansala while staff members from Hemas Homagama Laboratory organized a beli-mal dansala; both turned out to be great crowd pleasers. Subsequently, Hemas Wattala and Hemas Thalawathugoda hospitals organized dhamma sermons on 2nd and 4th May, which were delivered by Ven. Ududumbara Kashyapa Thero and Ven. Kelaniye Ajitha Thero.
Commenting about their role during the Vesak season, Dr Lakith Peiris, Managing Director of Hemas Hospitals commented, “Complete healing of a self means the perfect synergy between mind, body and soul. While it is of utmost significance as it marks three major events in the life of Lord Buddha, Vesak season brings peace and calmness to every human being—regardless of their religion or race—and translates the importance of unifying your mind, body and soul. I highly believe that the activities Hemas Hospitals organized for this year’s Vesak has helped many Sri Lankans to heal their souls significantly.”
“It is always a pleasure to be present and share the joy of this meritorious celebration, which continues to serve as a vibrant platform to showcase the outstanding creativity of our staff who have actively come together—regardless of their race or religion—in the planning and organizing of the activities, thereby creating close-knit community with passionate team spirit,” he commented further.
Hemas Southern Hospital Galle organized an all-night Pirith ceremony under the guidance of Sri Sudharmalaye Panangala Hemaloka Thero, which was held at the hospital premises, followed by an alms giving ceremony for 17 monks. Staff members from Hemas Sothern Hospital also organized a ‘Sago (Saw Kanda) Dansala’ for the public at the Hospital premises.
Hemas Hospitals’ chain has planned to organize a string of activities for Poson Full Moon Poya Day as well, including a ‘Poson Kalapaya’ around their Watalla hospital and a ‘Maha Bath Dansala’ in Thalawathugoda.
About Hemas Hospitals: Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd is a subsidiary of Hemas Group, a leading Sri Lankan conglomerate that has business interests in four key sectors – FMCG, Healthcare, Transportation and Leisure.
The multi-specialty hospital chain comprises of three full-service hospitals at Wattala, Galle and Thalawathugoda along with 33 fully equipped laboratories and provides community-based expert health care services by positioning its chain of hospitals in strategic locations outside the commercial hub of Colombo. It guarantees patients the highest safety standards backed by full international accreditation and was the first hospital in Sri Lanka to be recognized by the prestigious accreditation body, Australian Council for Healthcare Standards.wide, we strive to excel in quality, innovation, ethical standards and cost effectiveness and thereby enrich the lives of the community we aim to serve.
Photo caption: (Above) Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda ice-cream Dansala and (below – from left) Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda Bethi gee; Hemas Hospital Wattala all-night Pirith ceremony and Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda Vesak Lanterns