Published on : Friday, April 18, 2014
April 14 marked the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar, and millions of people in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion, and Mauritius were celebrating the Sinhala & Tamil New Year with elaborate ceremonies, rituals and extensive traditional feasts.
Green Globe member, the Bentota Beach Hotel in Sri Lanka, welcomed the New Year with a fanfare of festivity.
Guests, together with staff, participated in the traditions that are part of Avurudu celebrations in rural villages, including the usual lighting of crackers to herald the New Year, palm reading, playing Raban and Avurudu games such as puncha, draughts, dice and chuck gudu gaseema. Traditional food and beverage was served throughout the event to enhance the experience. One of the key objectives of the celebrations was to educate visitors and guests on Sri Lankan New Year`s customs and the history of it.
“We celebrate the dawn of this Sinhala and Tamil Aluth Avurudda with pride in our efforts to making Bentota Beach a sustainable destination,” said Sanjeeva Perera, General Manager at the property. “The most valued quality of this Avurudu festival is taking the spirit of unity and understanding beyond our families, friends, and co-workers, to the village, the city and the entire country.”
The Sinhala New Year, “Aluth Avurudda,” is observed every year during the month of April. According to Sinhalese astrology, the New Year begins when the sun moves from “Meena Rashiya” (the house of Pisces) to “Mesha Rashiya” (the house of Aries). It also marks the end of the harvest and spring. The Sinhala New Year celebrations combine a complex mix of indigenous, astrological, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions.
The Bentota Beach Hotel, along with its sister properties in the John Keells Group, are focused on providing the best Sri Lankan hospitality coupled with authentic experiences that result in memorable moments to take back home.
Source:- Bentota Beach Hotel