The project was conducted in 2 phases with the emphasis of achieving the SDG Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Phase 1: MLOC Leos started the new year with sending E-cards to friends, relatives, family and loved ones. Firstly, a Google form was created and shared with everyone through social media platforms. The details such as receiver’s e-mail address, name, relationship and the message were collected through the form before 01st of January, 2021. The cards were created according to the relationship between the sender and receiver (such as friendship, family, lover) and were sent on 01st of January, 2021. The creative E-cards were designed by a member of the club.
Phase 2: This involved in bringing traditional food items, wearing traditional costumes and donating their time & skills.
The Cultural festival was held on 14th January, 2021 (on the Thai pongal day). The event started with boiling milk (milk warming) to represent the Sinhala and Tamil traditions. Next was the lighting of the oil lamp. Then the speeches by Chief Guest, the District president of Leo district 306 A1 - Malinda Ganewatte, Past District Governor of Lion District 306A1 - Lion Siri Asiri Perera and Leo advisor of MLOC Lion Sanjeev Thilakeratne were held. Then dishes of various cultures were arranged on the table and everyone enjoyed them sitting in the same table.
After the meal the tradition of drawing ‘Kolam’ was done by all the participants. Next fireworks were played and ‘mehendi’ was drawn on hands to match the Muslim/Hindu traditions.
Handling the project under safety precautions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finding out the unique traditions related to four ethnic groups were challenges faced while organizing the event. The information on traditions was gathered by the club members and the Cultural event held with a limited number of members while following safety measures. Other members were able to connect through zoom meetings to the event. The project ended as a colorful and enjoyable event.