There is proof and reason to believe that from the early times Christmas was celebrated in Sri Lanka. Though the Persian Christian traders from Egypt were strangers to Sri Lanka there is no doubt that they celebrated Christmas. Lorenzo and his retinue celebrated Christmas for the first time in Sri Lanka in 1505 in that little prayer house dedicated to St.Lawrence. From that first Christmas the good news has travelled on an eventful journey or odyssey with its frugal beginnings to todays commercialised Christmas, which has buried the true meaning of it. Our ancestors celebrated Christmas blessing this land with the presence of missionaries celebrating its true message.
Source: Sunday Observer December 15, 2018 22:18 UTC