All Parishes in the Diocese of Galle too commemorated the Easter Sunday attack on 21st April 2023 by candlelight vigils, prayer services, marches and displaying banners in the three districts of Galle, Matara & Hambantota. Banners were displayed in three languages (English, Sinhala and Tamil).
Sri Lanka on April 21 marked the 4th anniversary of the Easter Sunday terror bombings that shook the island nation on April 21, 2019, even as families of victims marched, and many gathered outside churches, demanding truth and justice.
“ Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Attack on 21 April 2019
Three churches in Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital, Colombo, were targeted in a series of terrorist suicide bombings. Later that day, two smaller explosions occurred at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala.
A total of 269 people were killed, including at least 45 foreign nationals, three police officers, and eight suicide bombers and 1500 were injured.
The church bombings were carried out during Easter services in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo; the hotels bombed included the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn.
A Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday bombings and a Parliamentary Select Committee were conducted and a reports submitted. However, the perpetrators involved in this incident have yet to be revealed. ”