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Happy Sinhalese “New Year” 2020 — April 14 (& It Is That Already In Colombo).

by Anura Guruge

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If I wait till it is April 14 ‘here’, it would be 10:30pm in Sri Lanka — and most would be in bed, exhausted.

So, I have to go my the local time — i.e., Colombo time (where I was born & grew up).

Happy New Year.

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by Anura Guruge

Happy Sinhalese “Old Year” 2020 — April 13.

by Anura Guruge

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Come on. It makes sense. It is the day BEFORE the ‘New Year‘. So, it is the ‘Old Year‘. Well, we can be perverse.

Yes, New Year’s EVE would make more sense.

But, unlike an ‘Eve’ this is full-day, FULL holiday.

National Holiday, April 13 & April 14. We like our holidays.

I, alas, do NOT celebrate the Sinhalese New Year — other than on the Web.

My U.S. family is totally oblivious and has NO interest in learning, let alone observing. IF I did say ‘Presents’ they may be more motivated.

It was my beloved grandmother’s birthday. So, it was always a dual celebration. She was the one that brought me up.

So, HAPPY “Old Year” 2020.

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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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by Anura Guruge

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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?

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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.


Click to access Google Doodle from the Google archives.

Sri Lanka, EVER, has only had two (2) Google Doodles,
this being the second.

Today April 13 Is Sinhalese ‘Old Year’ (& My Maternal Grandmother’s Birthday). Tomorrow, April 14 Is ‘New Year’.



 ..by Anura Guruge


Well, it is finally here. ‘Old Year’. Sri Lankans try and get in a bath today, whether they need it or not. I am good. I took a shower.

To be honest, since I have not been in Ceylon to celebrate this since 1967 (when I was 13), I can’t remember or work out all the arcane timings and rituals that go with it. It is all determined by astrologers per auspicious hours. There is even a time at which kids are supposed to do some studying to make sure that studies will feature in their coming year. I remember that part. One year, and I was probably around 10, I was asked the square root of ‘100’.

Here is the Press Release from Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Checkout the blatant propaganda. The joys of state run broadcasting. I had forgotten what it was like.