Sri Lankan New Year Celebration 2014

Every year Sri Lanka celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which falls on the 13th or 14th of April. The Sri Lankan New Year is a time where family and friends come together to celebrate and participate in traditional events associated with the beginning of a new year. There are many different events that are carried out at auspicious times during this festive season. Boiling milk over a clay pot signifies the welcoming of the New Year. The New Year festivities commence with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp. Gifts such as new clothes and money are exchanged and the entire family gathers around the dining table where traditional food such as kiribath (milk rice) and other delicacies are shared. Activities such as pin the tail on the elephant, sack race and tug of war are some of the games that are enjoyed by both the young and the old during the New Year celebrations.

On behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara and Sri Lankan Community in Georgia, We wish all our friends and well-wishers a very happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year and cordially invite you all to the Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations at 10.00 A.M. on Saturday 12th April 2014 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Lithonia GA.


10.00 am Arrival
11.00 am Buddha Puja
11.30 am Dana for the Maha Sangha
12.00 nn  Lunch for laity
01.00 pm Celebration Assembly Lighting the traditional oil lamp and Pirth Desana.
01.30 pm Sigiti avurudu: singing by Sunday school children
  • Traditional New-year Games
  • Bursting balloons (Children)
  • Bun eating competition (Children)
  • Placing the eye on the elephant (Adults)
  • Ow, Na, Ba (open)
  • Musical chairs (Children)
  • Musical chairs (Female)
  • Musical chairs (Male)
  • Running in sacks (Children)
  • Running in sacks (Adults)
  • Pacing with a lime on a spoon (Adults)
  • Insert the thread through the eye of the needle (couple)
  • and many more traditional events....
  • Presenting awards to children

Join us for a day filled with traditional  food and  games.   
If you know of anyone who has not received this email please forward it to them.

All are welcome .....
  • For Sigiti avurudu program contact: Ms Sudanti (
  • We kindly seek volunteers to organize games. contact: Mr. Sarath weerasekara: (
  • Please signup for food items.
  • Please signup for games & activities.
Following food menu has been suggested and any variations are welcome. Those who are interested may also bring curries to go with rice for Dana & lunch for guests. Expected turn out is 100. Three families can share bringing each food item.

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