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The Sri Lanka High Commission in Chennai has celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in an elaborated manner on 15th of April at the Chancery premises.
The key traditional New Year rituals of both Sinhalese and Tamils were demonstrated with the active participation of the resident Sri Lankan
The strong cultural links and the common belief system inherited by the Sinhalese and the Tamils in Sri Lanka were accentuated throughout the celebration while highlighting the prevailing ethnic harmony and
the ongoing process of reconciliation. While ‘Kiribath’ was made at one corner, simultaneously ‘Pongal’ was also made following the Tamil
Tradition. The Deputy High Commissioner Anura Rajakaruna performed ‘Ganu Denu” and ‘Kaivishesham’ as per the traditions of ‘Sinhala Aluth Aurudu’ and Tamil ‘Puthtandu’.
The Chief incumbent of Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society in Chennai Ven.Thiniyawala Palitha Thero and the Chief Priest of Sri Kaligambal Temple in Chennai have invoked blessings for a year filled with happiness, peace and success according to Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions.
‘Sri Lanka Youth Cultural Troupe’ has added the required splendor and the festivity to the event with role-playing of important aspects of traditional New Year such as ‘Rabban Gaheema’ , ‘Onchili Waram’ and
In the evening, a cultural show portraying the aesthetic spectaculars of Sinhala and Tamil communities had been held.
The event had been supported by sponsorships received from DAMRO Limited, Bank of Ceylon, Expo Freight Pvt Ltd, Sri Lankan Airlines as well as Hotel Breeze in Chennai.