Stories Behind Names of Places in Sri Lanka: How Dunagaha got its Name

Dunagaha

Source:Dæhæna – Monthly e-Newsletter January 2021

“Dunagaha” is a village in the Gampaha District. The incident is around a wealthy family that lived here.
The family was so rich they lived in a large house and owned many a paddy field and even elephants. They had only one daughter and after the birth of the daughter their wealth began to grow and the parents thought that this daughter brought them luck. Obviously their love towards the daughter was growing. As time went by, the daughter wished to have her own way and refused to obey the parents. She was now a grownup girl and this attitude worried the parents. Arguments between the mother and the daughter happened often and the happiness in the house was disturbed. Father tried to console the daughter but failed. One day the mother and the daughter quarrelled. The daughter was missing thereafter. Then the mother and the father began searching for her. They were unsuccessful and had to seek the help of the village people. She climbed a Na tree not far away from the house and was watching the commotion. The Na leaves can well hide a person and they never anticipated the girl to be hiding on a Na tree. Towards the evening, someone spotted the daughter hiding on a Na tree and informed the mother.

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Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ) celebrates members and friends get together

 Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ)

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ) was planning its signature event, the Sri Lanka New Year function in the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, the worldwide pandemic was declared in March. The Australian government cancelled all public gatherings and therefore we had to cancel our celebrations too.

When restrictions were easing in Queensland, the committee decided to organize a fellowship get together for its members and friends who always support the Society.

As a result of this idea, on Saturday 14th November we celebrated a get together at Jindalee Bowls Club. The event was organized as per COVID regulations set by Premier with a restricted number of guests.

The MC for the event was Laurensz Manricks, who has been a member of the Society for many years. He kept the guests relaxed and entertained us with his lighthearted compering and humorous jokes. The music was provided by Charith Matino who kept the guests toes tapping. The scrumptious lunch was provided by Thilani catering.

The highlighted of the gathering was to felicitate Mr Anton Swan, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland who has been appointed as the Dean of the Consular Corps for Queensland 2020. Anton is a past President and life member of SLSQ. Laurensz entertained the guests with many stories when both had been in the committee as the President and the Secretary. Anton said as the Honorary Consul, he could recall there were many memorable highlights and had always enjoyed serving the Sri Lankan community in Queensland.

Our Society has always promoted Brisbane authors and have held book launch events in the past. At the luncheon we promoted Dr Nimal Sedera’s latest publication which is his biography ‘Avaragirada Chamathkaraya’. Dr Sedera handed a copy of his book to Mr Anton Swan and we managed to sell few copies of the book.

We organized two trivia quizzes and the guests were very eager to participate and guess the answers correct.  The winners were presented with a prize. We also held a raffle draw with some lovely prizes. We are very grateful for the guests for purchasing these tickets to support our society.

All in all, it was a relaxed and enjoyable event for all the guests.

Namal Wijeratne – President SLSQ

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ)

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ)

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ)

Sri Lanka Society of Queensland (SLSQ)

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