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Navy throws its full weight behind Kachchathivu feast

Naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command at work for the church feast.
Naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command at work for the church feast.

The Sri Lanka Navy is lending its fullest support to ensure the feast of St. Anthony’s Church on Kachchativu Island, to be held on March 16, is a success.

Organization of the feast is being coordinated by the Bishop of Jaffna and the Jaffna District Secretary. The Kachchativu feast has been an important annual event for both Indian and Sri Lankan Catholic devotees.

The Kachchathivu islet is located close to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

Naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command are currently engaged in providing infrastructure facilities, including installation of sanitary and drinking water facilities as well as mobile generators.

Temporary jetties are also being constructed for people to secure their boats conveniently and special SLN lifesaving and medical teams are expected to be deployed to ensure the safety of the devotees attending the annual festival.

Further, the Navy is assisting the Divisional Secretariat (Delft) to clean the shrine built by the Sri Lanka Navy, the surrounding area and the roads leading to the premises.

The feast was attended by approximately 10,000 devotees last year and the same number of devotees is expected this year as well. As such, the Navy has made all arrangements to ferry priests, government officials, dignitaries, devotees, and local and foreign journalists as well as the equipment needed for the church mass, from Kurikattuwan Jetty to the Kachchathivu islet.


 

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