Hashing originated in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, by a group of Colonial British Officers. They used to get together at every week and participated in a game of hunting which was called “Hare and Hounds” to get rid of their monotonous life. From the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail they gained adventure, and those who reached the end of the trail were rewarded with beer, ginger and cigarettes.
Hash Run is an annual event of DSCSC organized by an appointed Student Committee in which the Officers and families of the Student Officers, Academic and Permanent Staff members take part. It is a 4-6 km adventure cross country run/walk. It is hoped that the event improves the leadership qualities, initiating expedition, facing excitement and adventure in unity and good coordination with family members as well as with their colleagues. The event is full of fun and excitement and the competitors participate with their family members wearing specially designed T-Shirt for the occasion. The event is organized with the assistance of Colombo Hash House Harriers.
The Ladies’ Club is an integral part of the Defence Services Command and Staff College. The Club in its true sense is a place where the ladies and their children get to know each other, demonstrate and teach their skills to each other in an environment of cordiality and friendship. Ladies’ Club of DSCSC organizes many educational and awareness workshops for its members.
The president and the Vice President of the Ladies’ Club would officially be the wives of the Commandant and the Deputy Commandant DSCSC respectively. Rest of the office bearers are selected among the lady wives of the student officers. GSO 3 (Coordinating) will be the Coordinator of the Ladies’ Club. The Ladies’ Club meets once a month to coincide with the College social calender.
The “Ladies’ Club Night” is one of the most ardent event organized by the Ladies’ Club. This is a fabulous night when ladies take part in variety of entertainment activities to show their hidden talents.
The DSCSC invites eminent personalities to address students in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at the Officers’ Mess. A question and answer session and subsequent interaction over a dinner is part of the event.
Celebrating National/Independence days of the nations represented by the Student Officers of friendly foreign countries is a tradition at DSCSC. National/Independence days of respective countries are celebrated preferably on the same days of the year, unless the National/Independent day falls on a non working day, it would be then celebrated on the closest working day to the actual day. The special oration is delivered by the respective Student Officer of the country at this occasion. These important days are celebrated in attendance of the Commandant, the Faculty Members, Permanent Staff and all Student Officers.
New year in Sri Lanka (or Sinhala New Year) – ‘Aluth Avurudhu’ usually falls on either 13th or 14th April every year. According to Sinhalese mythology, the New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (The house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (The house of Aries). Sinhala and Tamil New Year or Aluth Avurudu rituals begin with observance of Nonagatha (inauspicious time). People go to temples and perform religious rites to receive the blessing. The most important custom during this period is to offer betel to the parents and elders and to worship them. It is considered as a token of love and gratitude.
DSCSC celebrates the New Year festival at the College premises just before the termination of the Term 1 with the participation of all Officers, Other Ranks, Civilians Staff and their families. The festival consists of mostly by the traditional games and rituals. All members of the DSCSC take part in, as much of traditional games, wearing National dress and enjoy eating the traditional food laid out for them on this special day. A Student Committee is appointed to organize the New Year festival at the College.
Buddhists all over the world commemorate the three significant events of Load Buddha, the birth, enlightenment, and the attending Nibbhana on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day. As Buddhism spread from India, it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Vesak is celebrated in many different ways all over the world. In Sri Lanka Buddhists observe sill, meditate, give alms to Bhikkus and the helpless. They also participate in a lot of spiritual development programmes during this period. Vesak Festival is celebrated in the month of May at DSCSC. Various programmes are held to mark the event with the participation of Student Officers, Faculty and Permanent Staff members, and their families. “Vesak Bakthi Gee” (Vesak Hymn) programme is organized by the Ladies’ Club. Vesak lantern competition and ‘Dharma Deshana’ by a Buddhist priest are some of the activities organized by the College.
The College Pantomime is very enthusiastic event organized by the Student Officers. Their hidden talents are staged in an open forum and the best performances of Student Officers could be witnessed at this event. “Variety is the very spices of life” that gives it all it’s flavour to the performances which creates a blend of sarcasm humor, fun and excitement which invariably take the minds off from tiredness, fatigue and the monotonous nature of study hours. The event is really a feedback moment of the course.