Thursday, February 22, 2024

Sri Lanka Scouts Celebrates Founder’s Day - 2024

World Scout Day celebrations

On Founder’s Day – February 22, birthday of the first Lord Baden-Powell – I am honoured to serve you as Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia. And to share a reflection on the importance of Scouting in today’s world.

Sunlight Wood Burning Art - Portrait Drawing

Founder's Day Creations! 

This is a Woodburning with sunlight and a magnifying glass project just finished on feb. 22, 2024 Birth Day of Scouting founder Robet baden powell. Artist Mr.Markes Fernando Creates Beautiful Burnt Wood Art With a Magnifying Glass and the Sun in 167th BP day. Sri Lankan artist Mr.Markes Fernando burns beautiful illustrations into wood using a most unusual tool: the Sun. Mr.Fernando creates the illustrations with a magnifying glass and an impressive degree of patience. 

How to Make a Solar Wood Burning

His work is a form of pyrography. Pyrography or pyrogravure is the free handed art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning. The term means "writing with fire", from the Greek pyr (fire) and graphos (writing). It can be practiced using specialized modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

Founder's Day is a great day to celebrate Guiding and Scouting

Artist Cleverly Focuses Sunlight Through a Magnifying Glass to Engrave Portraits Onto Wooden Canvases. Pyrography or pyrogravure is the free handed art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning. A large range of tones and shades can be achieved. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. After the design is burned in, wooden objects are often coloured. Light-coloured hardwoods such as sycamore, basswood, beech and birch are most commonly used, as their fine grain is not obtrusive. However, other woods, such as maple, pine or oak, are also used. 

Artist Mr.Markes of Magnify the SUN very cleverly uses a magnifying glass to focus the light of the sun to engrave beautiful portraits onto wooden canvases. The artist was inspired to do this work by her older brother, who would burn leaves with a magnifying glass. 


The videos of artists practising solar pyrography are simply incredible to watch. There is something mesmerising about watching the artists create amazing artwork on wood by using sunlight and magnifying glass. Just like this video showing artist mr.Markes Fernando. The video has gone crazy viral online and may leave you stunned too.

we empower one another to become responsible global citizens who contribute positively to our communities and beyond. The role of Scouting extends far beyond traditional outdoor adventures. It encompasses a broader vision of personal development, leadership, and service.

Put simply, we live our Promise.

The Scout movement’s Founder’s Day, which marks the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, was celebrated this week. In this picture a group of scouts can be seen attending the International Mother Language day at the Independence square, Colombo 7 on 2024.02.22. It was organised by the Education Ministry and the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo.

Colombo marks International Mother Language Day in grandeur at the Independence Square

Bangladesh High Commission, Colombo observed the International Mother Language Day – 2024 this morning at the historic Independence Square under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Sri Lankan Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayanth and Foreign Minister M.U.M. Ali Sabry were the Guests of Honour.

The programme was also attended by the visiting Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdus Shahid, Head of Diplomatic missions and UN organizations, Chairman of Official Languages Commission of Sri Lanka, high government officials, political leaders and other high dignitaries. With the participation of cultural & media personalities, academia, intellectuals, language professionals, language institutes, and hundreds of students and scouts from schools across the island, the Independence Square turned into a grand assembly of different language speakers. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Mother Languages”. 

Dignitaries scribbled with paint and brush on canvas the word “Mother” in their own languages to express their solidarity with all mother tongues of the world. A one-minute silence was observed at the beginning of the programme in memory of the Language Martyrs of Bangladesh. The theme song (immortal Ekushey song) was rendered by Sri Lanka’s Muslim Choral Ensemble. 

For this occasion, under the patronage of the High Commission, Sri Lankan Education Ministry had launched an island-wide Essay Writing and Art competition for children two months back. In today’s event, the nine winners received their awards and certificates from high dignitaries.

An enthralling multilingual cultural performance was the main attraction of the observance featuring the Muslim Choral Ensemble; Department of Performing Arts, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo; University of Visual and Performing Arts; Royal College; as well as artists of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Russian House, Maldivian Educational and Cultural Centre, Nippon BizTech Institute, Roots of Lanka Foundation, and SAARC Cultural Centre. They performed in as many as nine different languages (Bangla, Sinhala, Tamil, Pali, Vedda, Hindi, Russian, Japanese and Dhivehi) showcasing diverse cultural traditions and love for mother tongue in the forms of song, dance, and recitation. 

Education Minister Dr. Premajayanth, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, and Acting UN Resident Coordinator Azusa Kubota briefly spoke on the occasion. They appreciated the initiative of Bangladesh High Commission and underscored the importance of preservation of mother tongues and linguistic diversity. In his welcome remarks, High Commissioner of Bangladesh Tareq Md Ariful Islam reflected on significance of the Day for Bangladesh, its historical perspective and the role of mother tongues in uniting the humanity.

The observance was arranged in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka with support of UN Offices in Colombo and Scouts Association of Sri Lanka.

Three prestigious public universities–University of Peradeniya, University of Ruhuna & University of Sri Jayewardenepura, hosted an academic conference on the same day to celebrate the International Mother Language Day with Bangladesh High Commissioner Tareq Ariful Islam as Guest of Honour. He also spoke at that event.

A blood-donation camp was also arranged by the High Commission in association with Sri Lanka Scouts Association and General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital.

The Day’s in-house observance began at the Chancery early morning with ceremonial hoisting of the national flag at half-mast followed by one-minute of silence and special prayers for the Language Martyrs and reading out messages of high dignitaries of Bangladesh.
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