Posted by: crystalfe | April 16, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

In Sinhala Suba Aluth Awrudhak Weva!!! And in Tamil Puththandu Vazhthukkal!!!


On 14th April all the Sri Lankans, the Bangladeshis, the Nepalese and the Indians celebrated New Year. In Sri Lanka we call it the ‘Hindu and Sinhala New Year’ where everyone in Sri Lanka celebrates it so grandly. For some the preparation starts a month before by panting the house, cleaning and decorating it. They also buy new clothes to wear on the first day of the year and by gifts for the children and relatives as they go visit their relations. The most important part of the celebration is the rituals which they follow according to a particular time. But first I would like to say that these differ according to the Sinhalese and Hindus.

The Sinhalese have a short period of time before the doran of the New Year which they call it ‘Nonergathaya’. This time the people do anything good but to pray to their gods. And then when the correct time comes, the people start with the arrival of the New Year by making milk rise. The same thing happens with the Hindu people but only the time differs.



  1. Cris!

    This is one of the most interesting posts of yours, because you have explained nicely how we celebrate New Year. As I’m also a Sri Lankan my mind drew a picture while reading these events 🙂

    Great Post!

  2. hey, I think you’ve to mention the specific place where these Indians are from because I don’t think so all the Indians celebrate their New year on April 14th.

  3. Crystal,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I almost felt like I were there. I also appreciated your excellent documentary on microfinance. Although the sound quality was poor on my computer, this has been an interest of mine since working in the Andes during the 1990s, so I was able to follow. It is so interesting to see how microfinance has been institutionalized in Bangladesh. You are obviously a very talented young woman. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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