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“Vaisakhi”, The Sikh Festive Celebration, Coincides Each Year With The Sinhala New Year (On April 13 – 14).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaisakhi



The Facebook post that got me intrigued because it was on the same weekend as the Sinhala New Year.


Sikhs are no stranger to I. I have known quite a few over the years and even associated/collaborated with some — especially in the networking field.

But, in all that time I never knew of this festival. Wow.

It was a post on Facebook (above) that caught my I. Struck me that it was quite the coincidence that it would be the same weekend as the Sinhala New Year.

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.

Yes, there were never lions in Ceylon/Sri Lanka.

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.


Related Posts:
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by Anura Guruge

Man Eating Leopards — Yes, There Are, Mainly In India, But Sometimes In Sri Lanka.

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by Anura Guruge


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Leopard: head stuck in pot.

++++ Search ‘leopard’, ‘tiger’ & ‘lion’ for many other related posts >>>>

**** Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ for a boat load of posts >>>>


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Click image to access detailed Wikipedia entry — with some sobering pictures.


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From a Sri Lankan paper. Click image to access original — from 2011.


My early morning post about the leopard in India — and my claim that it could turn into a maneater got me thinking. As I did say, I kind of knew that leopards are not, naturally, aggressive towards humans.

And that appears to be the case. But, there are also cases of man-eating, which is a shame.

I LIKE all BIG cats but have a soft spot for leopards. Leopards are the ONLY BIG cats found in Sri Lanka. That seems incongruous when you realize that the Sri Lankan National Flag FEATURES a lion — rampant. WTF? Has to do with the origin of the majority race — the Sinhalese. (And yes, I am, as far as I know, Sinhalese.) The Sinhalese came to Ceylon (the old name) from what is now Afghanistan/Iran etc. ‘Sinha‘, as with the Sikh ‘Singh’, means LION. So we are a race name after the LION that live in a country that only has leopards. And that is why I always though ‘Tamil Tigers‘ was a really stupid name. We have no tigers — but that is par for the course for Tamils. They get easily confused. C’est la vie.

Just thought I will share this with you while it was on my mind. SMILE.