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.