List of current and past events held by the Sri Lanka Association of New England event flyer information is posted for our members. Please come and support our events!

Current Events

Aid for Sri Lanka Crisis

A fundraiser is organized by Sri Lanka Association of New England

To our Sri Lankan community members, families, and friends all over the world—Sri Lanka needs you now more than ever.

Sri Lanka is in crisis, and a majority of the people who call this country home are in imminent danger of starvation. The Sri Lankan people have been met with 13+ hour power cuts, dangerous shortages of much-needed food and medicine, and a scarcity of healthcare supplies needed for medical surgeries and procedures. The hardest hit are those living at or below the poverty line and whose day to day income has been severely affected by these power cuts and supply shortages. Many Sri Lankan families cannot afford basic food and medical necessities. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards local community organizations supporting people of ALL ethnic backgrounds in Sri Lanka.

To donate and more information, please visit the GoFundMe fundraiser page.


Upcoming Events

SLANE Fall Fest – 2022

Date: September 10th, 2020
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Nara Park Amphitheater – 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, MA 01720.
More details to be announced soon.

Past Events

SLANE Fall Fest – 2021

SLANE Fall Fest 2021

Winter Ball – 2020

SLANE Winter Ball 2019 was held on February 8, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Westborough, MA.

Summer Outing – 2019

SLANE Summer Outing 2019 will be held on September 14, 2019 at the Auburndale Cove, Auburndale MA.

Winter Ball – 2019

SLANE Winter Ball 2019 was held on February 9, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Westborough, MA.

Summer Event – 2018

Discover Sri Lanka

Winter Ball 2018

Winter Ball 2018 was held on January 13th, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hilton, Westborough, MA.

Summer Outing 2017

Discover Sri Lanka 2017


Do You Know Contest – Guide

Politics / Government

1. Who is the 1st woman Prime Minister in Sri Lanka? Sirimavo Bandaranayake

2. Who is the current president of Sri Lanka? Maithripala Sirisena

3. Who is the 1st executive president of Sri Lanka? J.R. Jayawardana

4. When did Sri Lanka become independent? February 4th 1948

5. What is the official name of Sri Lanka? Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

6. What are the three nations that invaded Sri Lanka? Portuguese, Dutch & English

7. What was the former name of Sri Lanka? Ceylon

8. How many members are there in Sri Lankan parliament? 225

9. Who was the 1st Prime minister in Sri Lanka? Mr. D.S. Senanayaka

10. What is the official term of a Sri Lankan president? 6 yrs.

11. What is the capital of Sri Lanka? Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte

12. Who was the last Governor-General (non-executive president) of Sri Lanka? William Gopallawa

13. Name two main political parties in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka Freedom Party – SLFP and United National Party – UNP

14. What is the name of the Sri Lankan Ambassador in USA? Prasad Kariyawasam

15. Who is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka? Ranil Wickramasinghe

16. Who is the present Leader of the Opposition? R. Sampanthan

17. Who is the present Speaker in the Parliament? Karu Jayasuriya

18. Who is the present US Ambassador in Sri Lanka? Atul Keshap

19. Who were the two former US presidents who visited Sri Lanka after Tsunami to support the rebuilding efforts? George H. Bush and Bill Clinton


20. Who is the last king of Sri Lanka? Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

21. Who is the 1st king in Sri Lanka? Vijaya

22. Where is the last kingdom in Sri Lanka? Kandy

23. By which name Ancient Greek geographers call Sri Lanka? Thaprobane.

24. What are some of other names Sri Lanka is known as? Ceylon, Seelan, Serendib

25. Name three ancient water reservoirs in Sri Lanka. Kala weva,Thisa weva, Parakrama samudraya, Minneriya Weva, Kanthale weva, Yoda weva

26. Where is the historical record of Sri Lanka written? Mahawansaya

27. Which king built the Sigiriya (Lion Rock) fortress? King Kasyappa

28. What was the 1st kingdom in Sri Lanka and who ruled it? Anuradhapura, king Pandukabhaya

29. Name three heroes from Sri Lanka. Gongalegoda Banda, Madduma Bandara, Kappetipola Disawa, Puran Appu

30. Unmada Chitra who was imprisoned inside a tower “Ektam geya” had a son who became a king later on. What was his name? Pandukabhaya

31. What is the name of the king who declared “Not even a drop of water from the rain must flow into the ocean without being made useful to mankind”? King Parakramabahu I who built Parakrama Samudraya.

32. What is the name of the Yakshini queen who helped Prince Vijaya to become the king? Kuveni


33. What is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka? Bambarakanda

34. What is the capital of Sri Lanka? Sri Jayawardana pura – Kotte

35. What is the largest city in Sri Lanka? Colombo

36. Which continent does Sri Lanka belong to? Asia

37. Which sea is Sri Lanka in? Sri Lanka is a South Asian island in the Indian Ocean

38. Which strait separates Sri Lanka from India? Palk Strait

39. Which is the longest river in Sri Lanka? Mahaweli river, Length 335km (208 mi)

40. What is the highest mountain in Sri Lanka? Pidurutalagala

41. How many provinces are in Sri Lanka? 9 Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.

42. How many districts are in Sri Lanka? 25

43. What is the nearest country to Sri Lanka? India

44. What is the longest Highway Tunnel in Sri Lanka? Ramboda Tunnel – 225 meters at Ramboda – Nuwara Eliya Road.

45. What is the longest Bridge in Sri Lanka? Southern Expressway across the Benthara River. The bridge 695 meters in length, 17 meters in width

46. What is the longest Railway Tunnel in Sri Lanka? Singamale Tunnel – 559.75m. Between Hatton and Kotagala on “Colombo – Badulla” railway

47. What is the state in USA that has the largest Sri Lankan community? State of California

48. How many monsoon seasons are there in Sri Lanka? 2

49. Where is the new harbor located? Hambanthota


50. What is the 1st television channel in Sri Lanka? ITN

51. Who is the 1st first film actress of Sinhala cinema? Rukmanie Devi

52. What is the first Sri Lankan movie made in Sinhala language? Kadawunu Poronduwa

53. What is the first Sri Lankan color movie? Ran Muthu Duwa

54. When did Jathika Rupavahini begin broadcasting? 1982

55. Name one Hollywood film that was filmed in Sri Lanka? “Bridge on the River Kwai”, “Indian Jones: Temple of the Doom”

56. Name one actor or actress in Sri Lanka who won an international award. Joe Abeywickrama, Malini Fonseka, Jagath Chamila

57. Name one internationally renowned traditional dancer in Sri Lanka. Chithrasena, Vajira, Pani Bharatha

58. Name a popular Bollywood actress who is from Sri Lanka. Jaquline Fernandez

59. Who was the Sri Lankan actress who acted in the popular TV sitcom in USA: ‘Outsource’? Thushari Jayasekera

60. Who won the first “Mrs World Competition” held in 1985? Rosy Senanayake

61. What is the name of the Sri Lankan Traditional Drum Troupe in Boston? Pancha Thurya

62. What is the US Based media network covering Sri Lanka related news? Boston Lanka

63. What are three major styles of Sri Lankan dances? Kandyan dances, Low Country dances and Sabaragamu dances

General Information

64. What is the currency of Sri Lanka? Sri Lankan Rupee

65. In which month do Sri Lankans celebrate the “New Year”? April

66. What is the calling code of Sri Lanka? Calling code: 94

67. What is the national tree in Sri Lanka? Ceylon ironwood (Naa)

68. What is the national flower in Sri Lanka? Blue Water Lily

69. Name the national bird in Sri Lanka. Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii), also known as the Ceylon junglefowl

70. What are the national languages of Sri Lanka? Sinhala and Tamil

71. What is the national sport of Sri Lanka? Volleyball

72. What is total population in Sri Lanka? About 20.5 million

73. What are the first three words of the National anthem of Sri Lanka? “Sri Lanka Matha”

74. What is the most sacred tree in Sri Lanka and where is it located? Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura

75. How many colors are there in the Sri Lankan flag? Four, Green Orange Maroon Yellow

76. Name the new (2nd) international airport in Sri Lanka, Where is it located? Mahinda Rajapakse International Air Port in Maththala

77. When did Sri Lanka experience Tsunami which caused a massive destruction? Dec.26th, 2004

78. Name 4 main religions practiced in Sri Lanka. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam

79. What is the tallest twin tower building in Sri Lanka, which is the second tallest twin tower in South Asia? World Trade Center Colombo

80. In which province of Sri Lanka is the Yala National Park located? Southern province

81. Where is the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka located? Pinnawala

82. What is the national food in Sri Lanka? Rice & Curry

83. Which year was the SLANE founded? In 1998

84. Sri Lankans in which states are part of SLANE as a New England organization? Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont

85. What is the literacy rate in Sri Lanka – (according to 2010 estimates)? 92%

86. When was the first cricket club was (named “Colombo Cricket Club”) formed? November 1832

Notable People

87. Who was the captain of Sri Lankan cricket team when Sri Lanka won the world cup in 1996? Arjuna Ranathunga

88. Who was the Sri Lankan cricketer widely regarded as the greatest batsman in Sri Lanka who also won the prestigious “Wisden Cricketers of the Year” title in 2012? Kumar Sangakara

89. Name a Sri Lankan who won an Olympic medal? Duncan White, Susanthika Jayasinghe

90. Who was the first Sri Lankan woman to win a medal in Olympics? Susanthika Jayasinghe

91. Who is the current Sri Lankan cricket captain? Angelo Mathews

92. Who was the Sri Lankan born Bestselling author of romance novels in the USA, who has been on the New York Times best-sellers list? Rosemary Rogers

93. Who was the world renowned Sri Lankan philosopher who worked as the curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? Ananda Coomaraswamy

94. Who is the Sri Lankan born venture capitalist billionaire in USA who was one of the few founding members of the Face Book: Chamath Palihapitiya

95. Who was the world famous British Science fiction writer, who also wrote the screen play of 2001: “A Space Odyssey” who lived in Sri Lanka and was a Chancellor of the Moratuwa University? Sir. Arthur C. Clark

96. Who wrote the National anthem of Sri Lanka? Ananda Samarakoon.

97. Students in Sri Lanka can receive a free education until they graduate from university. Who was the pioneer to establish that? Mr. C.W.W. Kannangara

98. Name one world famous Sri Lankan scientist who worked or still working in NASA? Dr. Cyril Ponnamperuma, Dr. Sarath Gunapala

99. What is the name of the American military officer, journalist, lawyer and the co-founder and first President of the Theosophical Society of Sri Lanka? Sir Henry Steel Olcott

Winter Ball 2017

Discover Sri Lanka 2016

The Discover Sri Lanka is an annual program for our children to learn their heritage and culture in a fun an exciting manner. All of us who are Sri Lankans would like to share our traditions and exciting elements of our culture with our next generation. Discover Sri Lanka is an event designed by the youth ambassadors in our organization for the youth in the Sri Lankan community in New England. Your children’s participation will not only help them learn about Sri Lanka, but also expose and inspire them be potential future leaders and youth ambassadors in our organization.

Discover Sri Lanka 2016

Discover Sri Lanka 2016

Winter Ball 2016

SLANE Winter Ball 2016

Discover Sri Lanka

The Discover Sri Lanka is an annual program for our children to learn their heritage and culture in a fun an exciting manner. All of us who are Sri Lankans would like to share our traditions and exciting elements of our culture with our next generation. Discover Sri Lanka is an event designed by the youth ambassadors in our organization for the youth in the Sri Lankan community in New England. Your children’s participation will not only help them learn about Sri Lanka, but also expose and inspire them be potential future leaders and youth ambassadors in our organization.


SLANE Winter Ball 2015

SLANE committee has been busy planning to bring Winter Ball 2015. See details in the attached flyer. Please save the date! Please note that the seating is limited to 160 people and you are advised to purchase tickets in advance and yes, we now accept credit cards for your convenience. Be advised that this WILL be an evening to remember and we will start on time. Get your dancing shoes ready and see you there! Let’s Party!