Veddas, the tribal community of Sri Lanka was felicitated on 9 August 2013 by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the World Indigenous Peoples Day. The President felicitated them in the Adhivaasi Commemoration Ceremony held in Dehiatta Kandiya of Ampara District in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
About Vedda Community
Adhivaasi culture of the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka is traditionally called as the Vedda community. It is a small community in the country that is under threat of losing its identity and faces challenges of coping with a modernizing world. Their original language is also called Vedda.
About International Day of the World's Indigenous People
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).
Who: Mahinda Rajapaksa
Where: Sri Lanka
When: 9 August 2013