Sinhalese New Year Traditions
How to Enjoy the National New Year in Sri Lanka
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During the new year
A Time for Family and Neighbours
The core of the new year festivities essentially begin in the home, with the boiling of milk. This practice of boiling milk is considered as an outward symbol of a new beginning and of goodwill for the home. A lot of preparations goes into getting ready for the big day. A lot of the traditions are dictated to by astrological timings and as such everyone in the island follows the same timings.
Auspicious Timing and Traditions
Before the new year dawns, sweetmeats and food are prepared for the big day. There is a gap in time when the old year ends and the new one dawns, this period is called ´Nona gathaya.´ During this time no work must be undertaken as it is considered bad luck. Once the new year dawns milk is boilt and milk rice (Kiribath) is cooked at the auspicious time. The first meal that is eaten is milk rice and thereafter plates of food are filled and sent to neighbouring homes as a token of the festivities. Children greet their parents as well as elders with cash or money wrapped in betel leaves. This exchange is called Ganu Denu.
Games and Playing of Drums
If there is one thing about the New Year festivities that is enjoyed the most by locals is the games and playing of a drum called a ´
Accommodation During Sinhalese New Year
Planning your stay during Sinhalese New Year at Monara House, Galle is a good idea as it also falls around the Easter break which is a very busy time of year for Villas Rentals.
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