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  • It’s not just Christians celebrating this weekend


    by SajiniW
    16th April, 2006 at 3:44 pm    

    Sri Lankans of all races have been partying too. Not due to the first cross-ethnic phenomenon, mind (cricket), but the second! The thirteenth and fourteenth of April saw the Sinhala-Hindu New Year descend upon us.

    Celebrated in the month of Bak according to the lunar calendar, the Sri Lankan New Year pays homage to the coming of spring. Co-incidentally, the name ‘Bak’ derives from the Sanskrit word ‘bhagya’ meaning ‘fortunate’. Useful when this time of year sees the ripened rice paddy harvest being gathered in, giving a sense of plenty to rural Sri Lanka.

    Strong similarities can be drawn with the Jewish observance of Pesach, earlier this week - it is a time for families to celebrate, exchange gifts, observe cultural rituals (such as eating the famous ‘kiribath’ milk rice) and wish for a prosperous new year. Further information can be found here.


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    1. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 16th April, 2006 at 6:39 pm  

      Happy New Year to you too Sajini!

    2. Sunny — on 16th April, 2006 at 7:56 pm  

      Happy New year folks!

    3. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 16th April, 2006 at 8:26 pm  

      Happie new year

      Noah Vickster

    4. nush — on 17th April, 2006 at 11:48 am  

      happy new year!

      spring has sprung x

      happy vaisakhi too!

    5. Sen — on 17th April, 2006 at 2:48 pm  

      It was the Bengali New year too~

      Pahela Baishakh - Shubho Nabo Borsho - Happy New Year~~~!!

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