The Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Aluth Avurudu in Sinhala) is a very important occasion for both Sinhala Buddhists and the Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka. The uniqueness of this occasion is the celebration of the beginning of the New Year as well as the ending of the old year at the auspicious times stated by astrologers. There is also a time period in between, which is called the Nonagathe (neutral period). During this time, people stop work and engage in religious activities. In many village temples, the chiming of the temple bell is accompanied with the beating of drums to make the people aware of the exact auspicious time to perform each ritual.
Rituals of Aluth Avurudda begin with a bath on the last day of the old year and viewing the moon on the same night.
In brief it is all about celebrating the rise of new sun as a whole country together!
QualitApps Asia team got together earlier than the new year day to remark and celebrate the joyful occasion followed with various traditional game items and prepared food items.
Below are few moments captured during the event.