Excitement at children’s lantern competition
Dilini Erandika’s eyes lit up with excitement
as she talked about the lantern, she had created with colleagues
from Sri Sangamitta Balika Nivasaya, which hung outside HSBC’s
Bambalapitiya branch awaiting the judges’ decision.
It was as exciting as a school sports meet with
children from different orphanages waiting for the winners of HSBC’s
‘Wesak Lanterns’ competition to be announced last Friday,
each one hoping it would be their name that would be read out.
That evening children’s singing and laughter
echoed through the HSBC branch on the eve of through the Vesak Poya
day, proud of their lanterns that lit up the street.
Before the results were announced, 17-year old
Erandika said she was confident that her group would win a prize,
especially since it was a team effort. And sure enough their team
won for the ‘Most Traditional Lantern’ in the competition
and a well deserved one it was.
The winner of the ‘Most Creative Lantern’
– Yashodara Balika Nivasaya – also deserved to win as
16-year old Jayani Geethanjali from the orphanage explained that
it needed a great deal of thinking to put the lantern together.
The ‘gharbaya’ with two towers on the side was created
using natural resources like coconuts, coir, etc and the judges
certainly picked a winner.
All eight lanterns were equally good in beauty
and creativity. The lantern in the form of the ‘Dharma Chakraya’
was designed to portray the significance of Buddhism and to showcase
teachings of the Buddha. Sriyanthika Herath, 17, said they hope
the light from the lantern will be a guiding light to many on Vesak
Another spectacular lantern had the ‘Dalada
Maligawa’ built on a ‘Nelum mala’ made out of
coir, beautifully designed and made by the children at Lauries Girls
|A view of the children’s lanterns lit
up to show off their true splendor. Pix by J Weerasekera.
The children said they had so much fun working
in teams with the HSBC staff while building the lanterns. And the
bond clearly was visible that night when the entire staff joined
in singing to entertain the children.
It was an evening of happiness, good lessons and
a lot of fun for these children in celebrating the 2550th Wesak
Buddha Jayanthi anniversary.