New year Celebration In Sri lanka
New Year in Sri Lanka or Sinhala New Year – Aluth Avurudhu usually falls on April 13 or 14 of each year. According to Sinhala mythology, the New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Aries) to Mesha Rashiya. It also marks the end of harvest and spring. The rains enliven the spirit of nature when the flowers bloom, the trees are loaded with fruit and the farmers’ premiums are full.
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New Year in Sri Lanka
New Year in Sri LankaNew Year in Sri Lanka or Sinhala New Year – Aluth Avurudhuusual usually falls on April 13 or 14 of each year. According to Sinhala mythology, the New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Aries) to Mesha Rashiya. It also marks the end of harvest and spring. The rains enliven the spirit of nature when the flowers bloom, the trees are loaded with fruit and the farmers’ premiums are full.
Sinhala New Year Rituals
The Sinhala New Year or Aluth Avurudhu rituals begin with the observance of Nonagathe. At the moment, people think it is unwise to engage in any activity. They go to the temples and perform religious rites to receive the blessings of the priests. Village women gather to play rabana (drum) and announce the time at which New Year’s rituals will begin.
People start the new year by taking a ceremonial bath on the last day of the old year. They apply Nanu (a mixture of herbs) on the head and body before bathing. This plant is supposed to purify the body and the mind.
Another custom of offering betel to parents and elders is seen as a token of love and gratitude. Seniors feel accepted and cared for by their children and give them blessings in return.
New Year’s cuisine
Food is the essential part of New Year’s festivities in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese food is very rich in nutrition. They prepare sweet meats such as mung kavum, konda kavum and unduvel. There is also an old tradition of preparing Kiri Bhaat (rice pudding) with new crop rice. It is prepared by the father or the head of the family. All members of the family sit together to enjoy the sumptuous feast of New Year’s Day.
New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka
The Sinhala whitewash their houses with lime and clean thoroughly to say goodbye to past times and welcome the New Year. They light and decorate the house on New Year’s Day. It is considered unwise to decorate the house before the new year.
The main New Year’s Day begins with the lighting of the fireplace. Then, the family members wear new clothes and exchange New Year’s gifts. For some, Aluth Avurudhu is the day to venture new business, while for some, it is time to marry their daughters.
A famous game called Guddu (similar to cricket or baseball) is played enthusiastically by both children and adults. Another game is also played with coconuts where you try to hit the coconuts of others. Some also play cards on this festive occasion.
Sri Lankans like to visit the homes of their relatives and friends to offer treats like kavum, kokos and other auspicious gifts. The festivities end with the anointing of the oil ceremony. In this auspicious time, a senior anoints the young with vegetable oil. Sinhalese also set a good time to go to work.