Astrologically, the Aluth Avurudda (New Year) symbolizes the transition of the Sun from Pisces to Aries. According to the New Year almanac 2016, the auspicious times for New Year come as follows.
Sighting the new moon falls on Friday, 8th April and on Sunday 8th May. Bathing for old year is on Wednesday, 13th April.
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 7.48.p.m. on Wednesday 13th April. Meanwhile, the Punya Kalaya begins at 1.24 p.m. on Wednesday (13th) and ends at 2.12 a.m. on Thursday (14th April).
The auspicious time for lighting of the hearth and preparing meal falls at 8.06 p.m. on Wednesday (13th). The tradition of transacting and consuming the first meal of the New Year is to be done at 8.54 p.m. on the same day.
Anointing oil in the New Year is at 10.41 a.m. on 16th Saturday. The auspicious time of leaving for occupations falls on Monday 18th April at 6.27 a.m.