Sinhala New Year

Happy New Year. And may this year be a healthy one and full of joy…
 
New Year in Sri Lanka or the Sinhala New Year – Aluth Avurudhu usually falls on April 13th or 14th every year. According to Sinhalese mythology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Aries) to Mesha Rashiya. It also marks the end of the harvest and spring. Rains enlivens the spirit of the nature as flowers bloom, trees get laden with fruits and bounties of farmers are full.

Sinhalese New Year Rituals
Sinhalese New Year or Aluth Avurudhu rituals begin with observance of Nonagathe. At this time, people consider it to be inauspicious to engage in any activity. They go to temples and perform religious rites to receive the blessings of the priests. Women in villages congregate to play rabana (drums) to announce the time to start performing New Year rituals.

Auspicious Bath
People begin the New Year by taking a ceremonial bath on the last day of the old year. They apply Nanu (a herbal mixture) on their head and body before bathing. This herbal is supposed to purify the body and soul.

Betel
Another custom of offering betel to the parents and elders is considered as a token of love and gratitude. Elders feel accepted and cared by their children and give them blessings in return.

New Year Cuisine
Food is the essential part of New Year 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 (milk rice) with rice from new crop. It is prepared by the father or the male head of the family. All the family members sit together to enjoy the lavish feast on the New Year’s day.

New Year Celebrations in Sri Lanka
Sinhalese get their houses whitewashed and thoroughly cleaned to bid farewell to the bygone and to welcome the New Year. They light and decorate the house on the New Year’s day. It is considered inauspicious to decorate the house before the New Year.

The main New Year’s day begin with the lighting of hearth. Then the family members wear new clothes and exchange New Year gifts with each other. For some Aluth Avurudhu is the day to venture into new business while for some it is the time to get their daughters married.

A famous game called Guddu (similar to cricket or baseball) is played with excitement by children as well as adults. Another game is also played with coconuts where you try to hit others’ coconuts. Some also play cards on this festive occasion.

People of Sri Lanka love to visit their relatives and friends house to gift them sweets like kavum, kokos and other auspicious gifts. The festivities come to an end with the anointing of the oil ceremony. In this auspicious hour, an elder anoints the young with herbal oil. Sinhalese also set an auspicious time to go to work.

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35 Responses to Sinhala New Year

  1. Renuka says:

    Thanks for sharing this joyful peice with us, wishing you a very very happy year ahead.

  2. GERI says:

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  5. Ruma says:

    Hi Sweeti ! Lots of info on Sri Lankan New Year…thanks. Well, we in the Indian Sub-continent share so much in common. It is almost surprising why we are separate countries. Thanks for your wishes…it is always welcome, and much in need!Will be out for a week for a wedding, in a different city. Till then, take care, and keep smiling!                                                                                                                                           Love, Ruma.

  6. sonia says:

     
     
    Hi Sweeti,how are you?
     
    The above was a grt read on Srilanka !! Its suprising and amazing how similar the customs and traditons are !! Its a beautiful place to visit,i believe !! 🙂 Loved the way you hae ended the posy with the lovely verse !! Indeed new year is a time for happiness and rejoicing,dropping the old excess bagging and embracing new idesa,etc,its time to thank God for his blessings……just to feel alivce and blessed !! 🙂
    Many ppl seem to find it difficult to post comments/view my space !! Guess its my turn now,,new after Ruma,to have problems with the spaces 🙂 !! Just read the poem below too,its beautiful and very inspiring and true !!
    " Trauma" has an interesting meaning :)…….got it well and proper :)…lol
    Tc and have a grt day!
    Welcome back
    Love,
    Sonia
     
     
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  7. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti San,
    New years Sri-Lanka someway that makes sense because I believed in the Easter time is the new lifes begining ….
    Well! I thank you for all info about Sri-Lanka ….I getting more knowledge time goes by through blogland ha ha ha
    Have a nice day,
    Big Hugs,
    Michiko  
     

  8. Nanci says:

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  9. Theresa says:

    Wow!!  How very interesting!!  Thanks so much for posting this entry.  I did not know about this.  I LOVE the Auspicious Bath idea…very cool!  I hope you’re having a good weekend! ;=) Theresa

  10. Theresa says:

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  11. GERI says:

    Hi! Sweeti,
     
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  12. Jitender says:

    Sikh’s celebrate the harvest festival on 13-14 April. Er…Jitender Saan- I need immigration sponsorship- darkspace … where truth is revealed (well, sometimes) – Television Addiction

  13. deepu says:

    helo Sweets….thats really nice to know, so you made sure to let them know that you still miss them..they too must have felt good..ha?
    no butterflies, no walking on coulds, no that no this..ohhh i m yet to experince that magic of falling in love,,let me see, if that happens i ll surely let all of you know ehheee
    we got a lovely, rain here, all flying and splashing..waaaahhso how are you doing??
    njoy a bright week ahead

  14. sonia says:

    Hello Sweeti, How are you?
     
    Hope the rest of the year goes peacefully !! Would not wish this on my enemies to gp through this !!
    Grt that you can come by without a hitch :)!!
    Hopful;ly past is past and buried deep !! With time memories shd fade out a little !!
    How are things with you? Michael/his dad? he must be excited about his forthcoming wedding !!
    Tc,Sweeti and have a gr day!
    Love
    Sonia
     

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  15. saad says:

    wow, lots of new years we have to celebrate, sri lankan, then indian, then from hindi calendar, then also from urdu calender, how are you sweeti, badly tired of my current schedule, i took a long weekend off (two days off is very long for my work). then i decided to out add monday too. how’s this at your end. bye.noor

  16. Jitender says:

    Yeah well. Calendars.Jitender Saan
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  17. Michiko's says:

    Hi Swetti San,
    I had a bad news for you that my rushes is back again So I had other blood tested the result: PLATELETS 81 the last years 132
    150-450 is normal So I had an appointment with blood specialist doctor on the next Tuesday..what pain on the neck…In the meantimes I looked into the goggle that I just curiously what they said about it:  veg with a little fish will helps that’s not impessed very much what yucky I’m certainly NOT became vegtarian ….I would like to have anyother way.
    Sorry to writing to you my frustrating in the moments of mind…  SOS my friend Sweeti San… 
    Michiko

  18. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti San,
    Thank you for quickly replied it’s early morning that I just couldn’t get back to sleep,
    but I feeling it better …..
    Have a great day at office,
    Michiko   

  19. sonia says:

    Hello Sweeti,
     
    Grt that Michael’s dad is so much better !! He will heal totally with time !!
    Weddings are grt fun!! We have two coming up….one dayafter and a cousin brother is getting marr in May !! Its very warm,but weddings are fun !! Indian weddings are very colourful,with many functions,song and dance !! 🙂 Looking forward o them!!
    Weather at your end sounds "cool",!! here delhi is on fire !! temps are already touching 40c in April,cannot even iamgime what may june will be like :)!!
    Thanks Sweeti,will try and not look back…….
    Tc and enjoy the dayLove,
    Sonia
    Just read Michiko’scomment…ohhh..she does not seem to well !! Will just go and visit her !!
     

  20. Puneet says:

    hi Sweeti see now I can write on yours as on mine as well. See my new post.
    Puneet

  21. RAM says:

    HEY SWEETI!
    Just popped in to check up and see whatwas happening in your world! Great entry! Never knew about the New Year celebration in India. How cool is that? Sounds like a beautiful celebration. Thanks for the cultural lesson.
     
    Mwah!
    Ron

  22. Trouble says:

    Sweeeti, whssupo? 🙂
     

  23. deepu says:

    hii Sweets
    yeaa i love rain. love to walk in rain, hav ice cream in rain….it s so niiicee..
    hope everything is fine at ur end…
    keep smiling

  24. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti San,
    Thank you your concerns that my specialist doctor’s an appointment is next Tuesday,
    today is  as you know my golf dayLOL! it nothing to do with eating or drinks awhile I can ha ha ha
    After all the rushes is cause by from garden (plants)? Sonia’s monkey(it has sent from India)  helps scratch my back ha ha ha
    I’ll keeping touch it  by mail, it’s only 6-30am now.
    Let’s hope we both have good day,
    Michiko
     

  25. Atique says:

    Hi Sweeti,Thanks for you comments ! Just got a bad news, our clients QA Director has been fired. Now i am really worried, coz he used to work a lot and i am sitting idle…Dunno whats gonna happen. And yes for sharing your work, lemme know if i can be of any help to you. Would be my pleasure.Take care Atique ….

  26. Ipshita says:

    Hey Sweeti!
     
    🙂 That was a nice one. Wishing you a happy new year if u r celebrating. It’s so interesting.. that different cultures have different festivals coming up at various times of the year.. It was nice reading about it.. 🙂
     
    Hope you are doing fine along with ur family.
    Thanks for always visiting me and leaving warm comments. Thanks a lot! 😀
     
    See you!
    Regards
    Ipsh

  27. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,how are you?
     
    The first one is in Hindi…..yep……essence sems to have been lost when i tried to translate it!! So did not,wrote a new one instead !!
     
    Sharing a bit would balance it and make all happy !! Blowing some warmth your way……….:)
     
    have a grt day!
     
    Sonia

  28. Atique says:

    Hey Sweeti,Thanks for calling me to Brussels. Well of course life is not like that. Got to have some work to do.Lets when i get some, will try to have a smile on my face…Take careAtique …

  29. icy says:

    hey Sweetie
    how r u doing?
    cheers
    nidhi

  30. icy says:

    hey Sweetie
    how r u doing?
    cheers
    nidhi

  31. icy says:

    hey Sweetie
    how r u doing?
    cheers
    nidhi

  32. icy says:

    hey Sweetie
    how r u doing?
    cheers
    nidhi

  33. icy says:

    hey Sweetie
    how r u doing?
    cheers
    nidhi

  34. Princess says:

    Hi Sweeti….It is Tamil new year also on 14th you know…..:)How r u dear?I missed ya so much and my space…Now I’m hopefully back I guess…I dunno when one more break is gonna comeand stop me……!!much luv,-Aiz.

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