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සුභ සිංභල සහ දෙමළ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා! | Happy Sinhalese and Tamil New Year!

April 14, 2008

The moment we’ve all been waiting for.. has passed us and by now all of you must either be a sleep, enjoying the new year with some friends and a bottle or like me stuffed to the brim with kiri bath and sweet meats and finding it rather uncomfy.

It is a time of frenzy (at Shopping outlets be it clothing, supermarkets, pola or the liquor shop) love (families are united, disputes are forgotten) custom (soo many rich customs and a matter of pride and heritage) and most importantly time (when all year round people don’t bother to keep to it, this special day everybody wants to do everything to the dot).

So likewise right now you can take this post as my “වැඩ ඇල්ලීම” (start to work) although it might seem a bit late, what better way than to put up a blog post! Winding up.. I’d liked to wish All of You a Joyous New Year filled with Love, Peace, Harmony and most importantly Prosperity (given the risiing cost of everything).. specially to those of you who are not lucky enough to celebrate with your loved one’s be it studying/working miles away from home, or in the trenches safe guarding what we call home. Here’s to you! 🙂

කිරි ඉතිරීම – Although it’s not a direct custom, it has been adopted over the years..
No clay pots or fire places.. Aluminum pot and the Gas Cooker will have to do 🙂

No matter the utensils or the means used to cook.. the food tastes the same.. damn good!!

Mother dearest at her best (Glad to say I chipped in quite a bit too).. No matter what they say about light dinners.. when you’ve been starving since 12 and are presented with this.. can you resist 3 helpings?… not me 😀

20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2008 1:35 am

    oh chaarmax, DAMN YOU!! that spread looks DELISH!! and the pseudo- banana leaf place mats are a nice touch! lol. subha aluth avuruddak to you too, and may it be filled with many more pink shirts and maybe tiny babies too. tee hee!

  2. April 14, 2008 1:52 am

    Well I hope I didn’t make you more home sick..

    As for the Pink shirt.. guess what mother dearest got me for avurudu.. says I look good in it.. Gag… as for the babies.. dude. that is going too far… 🙂

  3. April 14, 2008 2:24 am

    Lol. too soon? ok ok i take it back. may they be just a twinkle in Cindy’s eye.

  4. April 14, 2008 2:35 am

    I give up.. I doubt that there are any twinkles in Cindy’s eyes.. atleast for the time being..

    Geez the hurry of these ppl.. thank god you weren’t my grand ma.. nagging me.. although I miss her presence dearly.. so you want to be my grand ma? how do you like that? 😉

  5. April 14, 2008 5:19 am

    i’ll pass, thanks! geez, way to reject my good wishes! 😛 and i dont give them out often also!

  6. April 14, 2008 7:31 am

    Awwww.. did you two loonies (T & Chaar) have to stop arguing, it was cute LOL

    The usual Kudos for the spread ma maan. The question is how long did it take you to polish it off? 10,15 min max. 😀

    කිරියෙන් පැණියෙන් ඉතිරෙන සුබම සුබ නව වසරක් වේවා!

  7. April 14, 2008 7:33 am

    Oh and 3 helpings? Meh, disappointed dude. Unless of course that pic is of your personal kiribath serving LOL 😀

  8. April 14, 2008 7:57 am

    machang, save my share…il be over in august…
    btw, why is it not Sri Lankan new year? what’s the whole significance of it? has it always been sinhalese AND tamil new year, or was the tamil bit added later on to pacify the minority after the sinhala only era?
    and how come some sinhalese don’t celebrate it? in that case shouldnt it be buddhist new year?
    god so many questions! curiosity didn’t kill this cat…yet

  9. April 14, 2008 10:18 am

    T : In no way were the good wishes rejected.. only informing you that.. it way too soon 🙂 After all Cindy is old as I am.. and I am not that old.. he he.. So all in good time dear.. 🙂

    Dili : Well it doesn’t help my gym routine mate, specially when i have skipped if for the last two week due to illness. As for loonies.. I don’t see your far off from the same loony bin.

    confab : Trust you minority muslims to bring up something like this and drive a wedge between the two harmonious parties. 🙂 (Before my blog is overrun with racist comments pls note that this is an ongoing FRIENDLY debate cum mud slinging we [onfab, my self & another bunch of cronies] have so no need to over-react.. unless you know me/us)
    As for the origins well I’m no Prof Suriarachchi, but from what I understand..The Actual New Year we celebrate here is the shifting/moving of the sun from meena rashiya to mesha rashiya. Since Sri Lanka was always an agricultural country the sun plays a big roll although it’s not worshiped in a god like manner. Therefore the shifting of the sun signifies the New Year not on Jan 1st, atleast astrologically.

    The origins of the festivities to what we have now are more of an “Aluth Sahal Mangalya” where after harvesting offerings were made to gods. With the inception of Buddhism and Hinduism on the country these beliefs were slowly altered to fit into the respective religious beliefs together with tid bits like games, cooking of sweet meats etc. Although they are still based on one’s religious beliefs the actual celebrations are cultural and do not prevent anyone from celebrating them, therefore I believe it’s referred to as Sinhala and Tamil new year as opposed to Buddhist and Hindu New Year although it’s mainly those who celebrate it following the various customs. The timings of customs and certain customs are different from Sinhalese to Tamil, but are similar in the general sense.

    So I can fairly say that it was Sinhala and Tamil new year all along, and not added late to appease any party. Although some of my points may be flawed. Happy? If not check these out.

    ALL : Oh any thanks again for the wishes!! 😀 None were rejected 😉

  10. Cinderella permalink
    April 14, 2008 10:20 am

    Definitely more Pink Shirts and T-shirts this new year, courtesy of what I got him as well 🙂 Some ppl still don’t admit it’s pink!! They are colour blind!

    T – Hopefully no twinkles in my eyes (due to your reason) for as long as possible!!

    Confab – I have always wondered the same thing..

  11. April 14, 2008 10:59 am

    why isn’t it sri lankan new year then?

  12. April 14, 2008 11:11 am

    If it was named such it will make you muslim extremists (once again in friendly debate) and other minorities run riot saying you are being discriminated, by making you celebrate a festival you don’t.

  13. April 14, 2008 11:37 am

    Subha Aluth Awuruddak Wewa! 😀

    I definetely would not be able to help 3 servings either by the look of it! 😉

  14. gutterflower permalink
    April 14, 2008 11:20 pm

    I’m stuffed with kewum and kokis, I’ve been waiting for some since February. 🙂 Just wanted to say that the table looks good. Suba aluth avuruddak wewa!

  15. April 15, 2008 12:09 am

    Touche Mon ami, and darn right Im off my rocker and quite proud of it too. 😀

    btw are you being turned into a metrosexual (judging from all the pink you’re wearing) willingly? 😀

  16. April 15, 2008 2:58 am

    obatath esema weva! i must say this is the first time i’ve had kiribath for dinner, EVER. i was nearly put off my food by the sight of the first lady, powdered to within and inch of her, boiling milk on national television, but who can say no to good ole kiribath 😀

    ps – sooriyarachchi is a complete nutter! he thinks deodarant came from “devadaara” trees during the time of the kings!

  17. April 15, 2008 8:57 am

    Subha aluth avruddak wewa!! 🙂

    we managed to boil milk in a clay pot and arranged a fire area thing in the kitchen..:)
    it was awesome… esp when it took a long time for the milk to boil and the house was full of smoke and our eyes started to hurt..:D hehee

  18. Loku Putha permalink
    April 15, 2008 9:16 am

    Can I answer “confab”?

    First of all, I can’t believe you’re Sri Lankan and yet so clueless about one of the biggest celebrations in the country 🙂

    Anway April New Year is a very ancient tradition.Tamils were probably celebrating April New Year a while before the Sinhalese adopted the practice.

    While it has religious significance for the Tamils who are largely Hindu, it was adopted as a secular event by the Sinhalese. It has no connection to Buddhism. However it is plain to see that the whole event has a lot of Hindu influence. Auspicious times and astrology are not a part of Buddhism; they are in fact frowned upon. The main difference between the Sinhalese celebration and the Tamil celebration is that for the Sinhalese it is PARTY TIME – games, sports, firecrackers, special food, new clothes, gifts, alcohol binging, etc etc whilst for the Tamils it is a far more sombre and religious affair with visits to the kovil.

    Some Sinhalese do not celebrate April New Year because they are Christians. However, most Christian Sinhalese do celebrate it though. The ones who don’t are those who are under the impression that it is a “pagan festival” (ie anti-Christian) and have been taught not to celebrate it by certain priests. This was especially the case during the colonial period. But these days more and more Christians are celebrating. It’s the same story on the Tamil side.

    That’s why it’s often called Sinhalese and Hindu New Year (because it was adopted as a secular festival by the Sinhalese, but has religious overtones with the Tamils).

    I would have to agree with Charmax about calling it Sri Lankan New Year. I don’t think it’s far fetched to say that the Moors, Burghers, Malays would start saying that it “discriminatory” and “genocidal” to call it Sri Lankan New Year when they do not celebrate it 🙂 Besides, Tamils in India also celebrate it so it’s not just the Sri Lankan New Year.

  19. April 15, 2008 10:46 am

    Wow this spread looks mouth watering!!!! I miss home so much right now!!

  20. April 15, 2008 11:58 pm

    Thanks guys.. Like I said all my mothers handy work.. I’m wondering whether to post pics of the lunch we had next day for the auntys and uncles as our house is more of the “mahagedara” so everybody comes to give beetle to my eldest uncle..

    PP : Suriarachchi is a not job.. but SL ppl love listening to the bugger..

    LD : Great to hear that… So it wasn’t your place that burned down.. that we heard on the news?.. just kidding.. 🙂

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