The festival is being organized by the Anuradhapura District Agrarian Services Dept. in collaboration with all State Institutions
The District Agrarian Services Deputy Commissioner, the Additional Government Agent together with officials from District's State Institutions were present at the discussion.
The Aluth Sahal Mangallaya or new rice festival is an important event of the harvest festival of the Maha season in Sri Lanka. The first batch of new rice after being plucked, threshed and winnowed is offered to the Lord Buddha and deities.
Every January Poya Day, new rice festival commences. with the offering of Rice and paddy to the Temple of the Tooth relic. Only after the new rice festival at the Sri Dalada Maligawa and offering rice to the sacred tooth relic, can the farmers around the country collect their harvest and commence their own new rice festivals in the respective villages.
The most important new rice festival that happens afterwards is the Aluth Sahal Mangalle at the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura.