But, in all that time I never knew of this festival. Wow.
So, a few minutes ago, I did some Googling. I am shocked. Wow.
But, I realize that it is NOT a coincidence!
The Sikhs and the Sinhalese are RELATED — we are both people of the ‘Singh‘ — i.e., the Lion.
All Sikhs have ‘Singh’ in their name, and ‘Sinhalese’ starts with ‘Sin(g)h’. Plus, we have the rampant LION on our flag.
But, we and the Sikhs are from FAR Northwestern ‘India’ — actually what is now the area occupied by Iran.
Neato! I will have to find out more. Now I know where I can celebrate Sinhala New Year. With the Sikhs.
Search ‘Friday the 13th’ & ‘Sinhala New Year’