Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Sri Lanka

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New Year

The Sinhala and Tamil new years (“Aluth Avurudhu” in Sinhala, “Puthiyathandu” in Tamil) are two of the most important cultural events on the island. The celebration is held in April (also known as the month of Bak), when the sun passes from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aquarius) (House of Aries). Surprisingly, the end of one year and the beginning of the next occur at separate times determined by astrologers, with a period of several hours between (the “nona gathe” or neutral period) being a time when one is expected to refrain from all types of work and instead engage solely in relaxing religious activities and traditional games. During the New Year’s celebrations, both children and adults would often dress in traditional attire. However, the clothing must be cleaned and extremely clean in order to be pure.