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Happy Purim 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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This video will get you in the Spirit
(especially if you have some on hand).


And from Israel.


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Wishing You A Very Happy CHINESE New Year 2017 — The Year Of The Rooster.

by Anura Guruge


January 28, 2017
for ~2 weeks.

Main celebrations, in the U.S., will be on February 5, 2017
— the 2nd Sunday.


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chinesenygd1Related posts:
++++ Check Categories ‘holidays‘ on sidebar for lots of other posts >>>>
++++ Search on ‘Chinese New Year‘ for many other posts and photos from multiple years >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Kennebunkport, Maine, “Christmas Prelude” Celebrations Look Pretty Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the official Kennebunkport Website


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Click for schedule, now until next Sunday (December 11, 2016).


This is billed as the 35th annual Christmas gala. Though I have lived in New Hampshire, within 100 miles of Kennebunkport, Maine, for 30 years this was the first time I have heard of this ‘Prelude’ — or maybe I should say the first time it caught my attention. And that due to a very nifty and persuasive radio Ad. on FM 94.9 which we listen to in the car because of the Christmas music.

It sounded good on the radio. I looked it up. Looks interesting. If the weather is conducive we might go across next weekend. Maybe bump into the Bushes.

Thought I would share it with you. Happy Christmas. Happy Hanukkah on Christmas Eve.


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by Anura Guruge

Boston Chinatown Chinese New Year 2016 — YouTube Videos Of Dragon Parades.

by Anura Guruge


Boston Chinatown on Sunday, February 21, 2016
for the Chinese New Year Dragon Parades
& Dim Sum at ‘China Pearl’
as is our yearly tradition.

See this post for 6 pictures

IF you have never seen these parades,
replete with fire crackers (hence the smoke)
check these short, fairly decent
videos out.

Shot with my new Panasonic Lumix LX 100.

Click image to access YouTube video.

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These are the only videos I shot BUT I have about 350 photos from the Lumix LX100. I will post most of them in batches, as I have done with the Philadelphia New Year’s Day 2016 “Mummers Parade“.


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by Anura Guruge

2016 Chinese New Year, At Least Two Dragon Parades In Boston Chinatown February 21. CONFIRMED.

by Anura Guruge


From 2015. Click to ENLARGE.

I can now confirm that there will be AT LEAST two full-blown Dragon Parades in Boston’s Chinatown on Sunday, February 21, 2016 — to celebrate the ‘Year of the Red Monkey‘ Chinese New Year.

Yes, there were some parades on Sunday, February 14, 2016 — Valentine’s Day — too. BUT, as I repeatedly point out Chinese New Year, around the World is celebrated across TWO (2) Sundays after the New Year. New Year was Monday, February 8, 2016. So Feb. 14 was the 1st Sunday. Feb. 21 is the 2nd.

We, as is our practice, always planned to go on the 2nd Sunday — Feb. 21, 2016 — since we have discovered that that is when most of the FUN takes place. I can now confirm that there will be at least 2 dragon parades on February 21, most likely starting around 11 am.

As far as I can deduce there is no central organizing group for these dragon parades. They kind of happen, organically — each done by a community club. So that is as much as I can tell you.

Basically Feb. 21 is still good.

IF you want to go but feel that you don’t know the ropes you can come with us. Seriously.

Happy Chinese New Year.



Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— pictures.
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— 3 videos.
>> UNH 2015 Miaohui 
>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.
>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.


by Anura Guruge


Only Californian Sri Lankans Would Have The Chutzpah To Celebrate Sri Lanka Independence Day On February 6.

by Anura Guruge


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I say it about birthdays and holidays. You can celebrate your birthday any day you want but your birthday is your birthday. It is not a variable feast. Ditto any celebratory DAY. Sri Lanka Independence DAY is February 4. You can celebrate Sri Lanka Independence on the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th or 28th. But Independence Day is February 4th. 

Maybe Google, being California-based, will do a Google Doodle for the 6th rather than the 4th.


Related posts:
>> Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948.
>> 2015 Independence Day Google Doodle.
>> Ceylon Independence Act.

++++ Search on ‘Ceylon independence for MANY related posts >>>>


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2016 Chinese New Year, ‘Year Of The Red Monkey’, February 8th — Boston Chinatown Dragon Parade February 21?

by Anura Guruge


Chinese New Year 2016


As soon as the January 1 New Year is out of the way I start thinking about the next New Year that I can celebrate — and that is invariably the Chinese New Year. We like the Chinese New Year, now that we have got it all sorted out (we think).

The 2016 New Year per se is on Monday, February 8th.

But as I have often pointed out the New Year celebrations span at least 15 days and encompass TWO (2) Sundays. In the U.S. the public celebrations — i.e., the famous Dragon Parades and firecrackers — are typically on the 2nd Sunday. That means February 21, 2016 this year. I will confirm this for Boston Chinatown in the next couple of weeks. I will also find out what other events are taking place in New Hampshire. So stay tuned.

This blog can, and should be, your guide for all things ‘Chinese New Year in New Hampshire & Boston Chinatown‘.


Click to access.


Click to access — Google Doodle.


Two pictures from Boston Chinatown 2015.



Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— pictures.
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— 3 videos.
>> UNH 2015 Miaohui 
>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.
>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.


by Anura Guruge


Beaujolais Nouveau 2013: The Lucky Beggars In D.C. Get To Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day In Style TONIGHT!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>>
Celebrations in Swansea — Nov. 19, 2013.
>> 2013 race to London — Nov. 13, 2013.
>> Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Day — Oct. 17, 2013.
>> My review of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

>>  2012 — Nov. 15, 2012.
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Search on Nouveau for ALL the 2012 & 2013 posts

and there were many >>>>


Click to access full report with lists of establishments from 'The Washington Post'.

Click to access full report with lists of establishments from ‘The Washington Post’.


Ceylon Independence Day, February 4, 1948: A Story, Pictures And Even ‘The Film’.

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Anura Guruge


Two Related posts:
>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day … — Jan. 26, 2012.
>> Radio Ceylon: The Radio Station Sir Hillary Listened To While
>> On Mt. Everest …– Jan. 30, 2013.


This is a story that over the years I heard my adoptive father tell at least 20 to 30 times, mainly to foreigners, either those visiting Ceylon or when we lived abroad in Buffalo (U.S.), Paris, New Delhi and Bangkok.

I am not sure whether it is true. I was 5.5 years from being born. My adoptive father would have been 19 and attending university. So he was the perfect age to savor this moment. My adoptive father was a born storyteller (as befits an author of his prolificity). Typically his stories that deal with historical events usually have some basis, though my father does like to embellish. I wanted to make sure that I captured this story, on the Web, for posterity because it is cute.

So those are the caveats.

Though my adoptive father always referred to it as the ‘National Anthem‘, I, after some Web research, realize that it, i.e., Sri Lanka Matha (Mother Sri Lanka), though written in 1940 did NOT become the national anthem until 1951. It was, however, very popular in the 1940s and most likely was played on Independence Day as the de facto National Anthem. It never also occurred to me to ask why it was not sung as part of the flag raising by a group of young ladies dressed in white, as became the norm. The first few times I heard the story I would have been about 6 or 7. After that I didn’t pay that much attention to it. I had heard it before.


Actual ‘British Pate’ News coverage film (movie)
of that historic day, 65 years ago.

Click to access 'British Pate' for this newsreel and at least one more related film ... on that same page. Yes, in Ceylon they were called 'films'. We went to the films, not the movies.

Click to access ‘British Pate’ for this newsreel and at least one more related film … on that same page. Yes, in Ceylon they were called ‘films’. We went to the films, not the movies.


The formal Independence ceremony at ‘Independence Square’. This was the setting for the story. Click to ENLARGE.


Click for Ceylon/Sri Lanka National Anthem from YouTube. There are other versions too. The Anthem has been slightly altered over the years for reasons of political correctness.

Click for Ceylon/Sri Lanka National Anthem from YouTube. There are other versions too. The Anthem has been slightly altered over the years for reasons of political correctness.


Independence Commemoration Hall built on the site of the original 1948 ceremony. I remember it well from my childhood. We would go and play on and around it. Click to ENLARGE.


The Independence Day 1948 Story

The Ceylon Independence Ceremony was held during the day (unlike the Indian one in 1947 which took place, quite correctly, at midnight, the Indians counting the minutes). Duke of Gloucester (Prince Henry, the 3rd son of King George V) and Duchess of Gloucester attend the official flag-raising ceremony in Colombo. Per my father the flag raising was to occur sharp at noon. The National Anthem was going to be played on Radio Ceylon as the flag was raised. This would be the first time the National Anthem,  Sri Lanka Matha, had been played on the radio — British rule not permitting it previously. There was, as was to be expected, much anticipation. Much of the population, which was probably around 8 million at the time (I am guessing), would have been listening to the radio. There was no TV or Internet. This was 1948.

It is just before noon. The Union Jack is hauled down for the last time.

The new Ceylon flag, resplendent with the lion rampant, is ready to be hoisted aloft for the first time.

Anticipation builds.

It is noon.

Radio Ceylon plays the (BBC) Big Ben chimes for the hour.

Ceylon is independent.

There is no cheering. Just silence. The crowds are waiting for the national anthem to be played so that the flag can be raised to it.

There is a pause. It soon becomes pregnant.

Still nothing. Just silence on Radio Ceylon. People check their radios to make sure that power is still on.

Suddenly, a British voice is heard:
where is that bloody record?

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Those were the first words broadcast to the newly independent Ceylon by Radio Ceylon.


That concludes the story. Though there were Ceylonese working for Radio Ceylon by then, it was still British run at the time of independence.

This was just 65 years ago. So there will be quite a few people, in Ceylon, Britain and other parts, who were there on the day and can remember the ceremony. Did this really happen?

I can ask my father, but this story is part of his lore and by now he probably can’t remember its true origins. He likes to tell a lot of stories about me that I have no idea what he is talking about. So, I am looking for independent verification. It is a great story. If it is indeed 100% true it needs to be cherished and preserved. Even if it is an anecdote, it is a good one and worth repeating. I can see it happen. Open mikes are so much fun. To be honest, I can’t remember whether it was ‘bloody’ or ‘damn’. But, a good Brit would always opt for bloody ahead of damn. It was not any other swear word. ‘Bloody’ really is not even a swear word.


Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’, on this blog, in the sidebar (to your right or BELOW),
for many other posts on Independence.


Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations 2013: 16 Pictures That Tell A Story.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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..by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations 2013: A Quick Appraisal
>>Jan. 1, 2013.


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