In most cultures, the celebration of New Year is a time to reflect on the past year, while welcoming in the new. While in the West poorly kept and private resolutions are rife, in Sri Lanka it is customary to spend time restoring their physical surroundings. Households are re-painted, floors are buffed and kitchens are cleaned, ready for the preparation of sweetmeats. Old clothes and items considered of little use are thrown away, marking a new beginning in a material sense. As the sun sets, people take their final bath of the year.
New Year's Festival in Sri Lanka
Sinhala and Tamil New Year Games in Sri Lanka– Aurudu Kreeda
All the activities of the past year are to be considered as past or gone. Even children are advised not to engage in any activity and the elders spend their time without engaging in any serious activity. After the transition time is over it is the renewal; the beginning of a new cycle. For Ex. Preparing First Meal: Friday, April 16 at 5.
Welcoming the New Year (Avurudu) in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka , having a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioned at the crossroads of the East and the West, and being a multicultural society, celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events. Every year on or about April 13 Sinhalese and Tamil people celebrate Sinhalese and Tamil New Year Festival, Muslims celebrate Mawlid , fast during the Islamic month Ramadan and celebrate at the end of the month with the festival which is Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the final month of the Islamic calendar known as Dhu al-Hijjah. Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and richly decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances.
It is unique because it is not celebrated in any other country as a national festival. There is greenery everywhere; fresh leaves on trees, flowers in bloom, vegetables and fruits in plenty and the songs of birds in the air. The aroma of sweetmeat, the sound of raban and the koha's cry, symbolise that the entire country is ready to celebrate this national festival. The name 'Bak' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'bhagya' meaning 'fortunate'. The month of Bak corresponds to April in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used in Sri Lanka as in other parts of the world.