Sinhalese New Year 2014: The Background …


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by Anura Guruge


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Time and calendars as I have already confessed are among my active topics of study and interest.

I have actually started writing a book about calendars, and with luck, hope to have it published next year as a part of my “101 Facts & Trivia” series (after a book on popes and asteroids).

That said I am woefully ignorant as to the details of how the Sinhalese New Year came to be on April 13 – 14. Yes, I have read some of the explanations BUT I really need to dig into this. That it happens on a fixed day (or a fixed 48 hour period) intrigues me given that it is meant to be an astronomical New Year — like the Chinese (and theirs drifts all over the the place). Why it is April also doesn’t make sense to me given that we are talking TROPICS where there is no real Spring per se. But this is something I need to do as part of my intellectual research. Don’t worry about it for now.

Just enjoy. Happy New Year.


Sinhalese New Year.

From the Sri Lankan ‘Ministry of Culture’ (a dept. that I used to be very familiar with growing up in Ceylon). Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. The huge LION PAWS at the top left is what is left of a lion statue at Sigriya with the topless frescoes I talked about in the April 4, 2014 post. You actually climbed to the top of the rock through the lion’s mouth — though all that remains now (and we are talking for centuries) is just the two huge paws. Just wanted to give you a heads up on that. P.S., Love the reference to the food. Makes it sound like a Jewish holiday: ” … now lets eat”.

Click here to access original.


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Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access. A more detailed, even somewhat scientific, description. Well worth reading. Enjoy.

Click to access Wikipedia entry.


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