Thursday, April 12, 2012

Traditional Sinhalese And Hindu New Year Falls To Day (13th)

The traditional Sinhalese and Hindu New Year falls today (13th).The new year marks the moving of Sun to the house of Aries (Mesha) from the house of Pisces (Meena).According to Sinhalese Calender this new year day also marks the end of Harvest and Spring and this season calls as Bak Season.

The new year will be dawn at the auspicious time of 7.20 p.m today while lighting of hearth is  at 7.42 pm .The auspicious time for exchange of money and gifts and per taking meals including traditional Milk Rice and sweet meets is at 10.28 p.m.Afterwards the worshiping of elders with traditional Betel Leaves and exchanging of meals among neighbors will take place.

After today the  oil anointing ceremony which is a part of the traditional Sinhalese New Year will take place  on 15th of April (Sunday). The final part of  New Year the leaving for  work falls on 16th of April (Monday).

Sinhalese and Tamil New Year Day and day prior to New Year are public,bank and mercantile  holidays in Sri Lanka. It is generally celebrated on 13th or 14th April every year while this year it falls on 13th of April.The timing of the Sinhalese New Year coincides with the new year celebrations of many traditional  calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festival has close semblance to the Tamil New year Thai New year, Bengali New Year, and Oriya New Year festival in India.


Negambo Fishermen Stayed Away From Sea Today

Lack of preparedness followed by  Tsunami Warning issued yesterday, caused the  majority of  fishermen in Negambo area to avoid of going  fishing today (12th) it has been reported.After Tsunami warning was issued yesterday evening these fishermen have taken their fishing boats and equipment's to safer areas in view of protecting them according to these fishermen.

However the Meteorological Department has issued a special  warning for fishermen yesterday by requesting them to avoid on going fishing even the tsunami warning has lifted.

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