Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Today is Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

In Sri Lanka, it is a day spent with family and filled with rituals. Astrologers determine the exact times at which activities must be performed.
The house is cleaned, and an oil lamp is lit to mark the new year. Then, following astrological time, everyone performs the first business transaction, cooks the first rice and eat the first meal of the new year all in unison!

There are also special meals and drum music for the new year. Firecrackers are lit to mark each important astrological times. Then, when the rituals are done, the party begins!

I'd really like to start our own tradition for Sinhala and Tamil New Year... I'm not sure yet what it will look like.

1 comment:

  1. I am hoping that next year you will be in a position to celebrate. Fingers crossed things start moving forward for you. Happy Tamil New Year!