by Anura Guruge
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Sri Lanka has a long and proud tradition of making fancy, decorative European-style cakes — a legacy, whether folks like it or not, of 200 years of British rule.
I grew up with cakes like this — if not fancier, and that explains my girth and cholesterol.
Sri Lanka, the last time I looked, which was a few months ago, was only 7.45% Christian — 6.1% Catholic. But given a 21 million population (given that they are a very fecund bunch), 7.45% comes it at a very respectable 1.6 million. So that is a fair number of people.
Unlike the U.S., despite Christians being a minority, Good Friday is a holiday. Always has been. When I was growing up, as with Europe, Easter Monday was a holiday too — though it didn’t matter much to us school children because all of April was one of three holiday months. This year, in Sri Lanka, April Full Moon, is April 3rd — Good Friday. So it is a DOUBLE holiday — each Full Moon a holiday in Sri Lanka (for the Buddhists).
I remember celebrating Easter in Ceylon. My surrogate father, who I called ‘Ta’, “Tata” — being father father in Sinhalese, was a Baptist. He was a lawyer. Lawyer for the Ministry of Food. He liked to entertain in style. He did so at Christmas and Easter — 85% of his family Buddhists. I can’t remember the cakes BUT I am sure we had them. I remember the ham and the lamb imported from New Zealand.
I am glad to see that the cake tradition, for Easter, is still going strong in Sri Lanka.
As soon as Easter is done Kapruka will start their cakes for Sinhala New Year. Yes, I will bring them to your attention.