Daily Archives: April 13, 2015

Happy Sinhala New Year 2015 (Aluth Avurudda) — On April 14, 2015.

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I request Google Doodle for 2016 Sinhala New Year.

>> Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day 2013.
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>> Will 2015 be the year for a New Year Doodle?

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I know that this year it started on April 13th
but I tend to think of April 14th as Sinhala New Year.

So Happy New Year, AGAIN.

Third (and last) New Year of the Year I celebrate.

April 13th to I is ‘Old Year’
— when I would take a bath (even when I didn’t need to)

It was also the birthday of the grandmother who brought me up
and, at birth, straightened my twisted limbs and made sure
I could ‘pee-pee’ because my foreskin was fused together.
Since she was the matriarch of a powerful family
her birthday was a big deal.
So for me New Year, in Ceylon, started in April 12th
and went on, non-stop, with people, food, presents
and celebrations till the 14th.


Rather than trying to reproduce the traditional pictures, e.g., oil lamps, betel leaves, milk rice etc., I wanted to share some OLD pictures from Ceylon — from the 1950s.

I don’t have as many as I should. About 10 years ago I threw away over dozen very large cartons of old photos — because I just didn’t have the space to keep them. I still have some BUT those from the 1950s and 1960s are SMALL and are mainly of family members. I found these two, of interest, and two pictures I had drawn, in Ceylon, c. 1963.

I hope some of YOU will recognize the person in the middle in glasses. Yes, that is Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister from 1956 to Sept. 1959. He died just after my 6th birthday. I remember his death. I am sure I met him. His wife went onto be “Aunty Bandaranaike”, a lady that I spoke to, first thing in the morning, nearly every day for many years when I was 9 to maybe 12. I think this picture is at an airport. Click to ENLARGE.

A typical 1950s dinner party in Ceylon. I remember these. This was in Wellawatte, in ‘Hampden Lane’ — probably around 1955 (maybe 1956). Notice the banana trees (growing wild). This was in the gardens of the first house I lived — before moving to Nugegoda.

When I was in Ceylon I used to go to art school etc. and I was supposed to be able to draw and paint. I did do a lot of it.
I painted a lot of planes and trains. Here are two examples, probably from when I was about 10. Notice the brown pilot.
Judging from the engines I was trying to capture a Comet-4, the first jet plane I encountered and one that held me in thrall for years.
The train engine looks like what we used to call “Canadian Diesel” — but it might have been a “Power Unit”.
What is interesting is that it is not steam. I not only remember the steam trains I even worked on them! Different stories.
Helps when you have an uncle who was an inspector of railways.

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I Request A Sinhala New Year 2016 Google Doodle — TODAY.

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Bangladesh & Khmer Doodles, April 14, 2015.
** No Doodle YET for Sinhala New Year 2015.

>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day 2013.
>> Google Doodle for Sri Lanka Independence Day 2015.

>> Will 2015 be the year for a New Year Doodle?

 …. Search ‘New Year‘ for over 25 other posts >>>>

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Well it looks like the chances are SLIM that there will be a
Google Doodle for Sinhala New Year 2015.

See post 1, post 2 & post 3.

So I just NOW requested one for 2016.

Here is MY proof.

So IF we get one in 2016 I do NOT want
others trying to claim credit as they
tried to do in February 2013
ONCE I got the very 1st Doodle.

With Google — it is ALL about relationships. They KNOW me. And that counts.
I generate Google hits and Google traffic. That counts. I actively use Google products:
Google+, Blogger, Analytics, YouTube, Voice … They know. That counts.
Most of all IF you do a Google on my name you get a LOT of pages. That counts.


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FUN, FUn, Fun … 155th Anniversary of “Pony Express” Google Doodle Game For April 14, 2015.

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>> Eiffel Tower 126th.
>> First Day Spring 2015 — North.

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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Pony Express Google Doodle
— the background.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use any of the links above to access original at the Google archives.


Wikipedia on “Pony Express”.

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Bangladesh & ‘Khmer’ Get April 14, 2015 Google Doodle New Year — But NOT Sri Lanka, SINHALA, As Yet.

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** No Doodle YET for Sinhala New Year 2015.

>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day 2013.
>> Google Doodle for Sri Lanka Independence Day 2015.

>> Will 2015 be the year for a New Year Doodle?

 …. Search ‘New Year‘ for over 25 other posts >>>>

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Sorry folks, it is NOT looking good.

Bangladesh and the Khmer people (Cambodia) got Google Doodles
for their April 14, 2015 New Year.

It is past 1 am in Sri Lanka as I write this.

I, as is my wont, checked BOTH google.lk and the Google Doodle archive.

NOTHING.

There is still a SMALL chance … BUT it isn’t looking good.

I will contact Google and see if we can get one for 2016 —
given that I DID get Independence Day one in 2013.

Click images to access Google Doodle at the Google archives.

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No Google Doodle For Sinhala New Year 2015 AS YET — But Thailand & Burma Get One For Their (Buddhist) New Year.

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>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day 2013.
>> Google Doodle for Sri Lanka Independence Day 2015.

>> Will 2015 be the year for a New Year Doodle?

 …. Search ‘New Year‘ for over 25 other posts >>>>

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ & ‘Holidays’ for more >>>>


NOT looking good folks. I am sorry.
See this LATEST update.


I would NOT totally give up as yet.
Lets face it April 13th, typically, is ‘Old Year‘.

Most years the Sinhala New Year is on April 14th.

So Google still MIGHT do one in time for April 14.

So keep legs crossed (fingers alone will not do).

This is what the Thai got.

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Click to access Google Doodle from the Google archives.


Sri Lanka, EVER, has only had two (2) Google Doodles,
this being the second.
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Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) — Happy New Year Greetings 2015.

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Sinhala New Year on Twitter.
>>
Sinhala New Year — Racing Elephants.
>> 
Sri Lanka Calendar 2015 Android APP.
>>
Sinhala New Year 2015 cakes & hampers.
>>
Happy New Year by Ministry of Defence.
>> Pinterest
page for Sinhala New Year.

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