This week marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami which struck on 26 December 2004. On that fateful morning, a massive earthquake triggered an equally ruinous Tsunami – causing immense loss of lives throughout coastal areas rimming the Indian Ocean. More than 230,000 people were killed; and 2 million more were displaced. Many families lost their livelihood and every material thing they owned.
Scenes of desolation, despair and agony over the tragedy were broadcast all over the world, prompting the greatest outpour of donation, prayers, and assistance in human history. It took such a colossal tragedy to unite us in humanity!
This Christmas Day (Thursday, 25 December), we humbly invite everyone to participate in a special service in memory of all victims and casualties of the Tsunami. Let us also honour the selfless and courageous thousands of people who rushed in to help the victims, and in the process, some had lost their lives, too.
Devotees may dress in comfortable white clothing to participate in our special memorial service at Nalanda Centre, starting at 9.00am. Let us again be united in our compassion in remembering the victims of this catastrophe. All are welcome.