Wish You A Very Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year ! (Subha Aluth Awuruddak Wewa !)
Sri Lankans celebrate their National New Year Aluth Avurudu in mid april after the Harvest is done.
The sun moving from the House of Pisces to the Aries signals the dawning of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The New Year begins at the time determined by the astrologers. Not only the beginning of the new year but the conclusion of the old year is also specified by the astrologers. And unlike the customary ending and beginning of new year, there is a period of a few hours in between the conclusion of the Old Year and the commencement of the New Year , which is called the nonagathe (neutral period).
During this time one is expected to keep off from all types of work and engage solely in religious activities.
April is the month of reveal and revelry, the most intoxicating of the 12 months of the year, when Lanka and her people of the prepare to celebrate new beginning in harmony with mother nature. It is the season of the Avuruddha, the annual new year celebration by the Sinhala and Tamil people of the island, a great national festival which has persisted in all its traditional glory for no less than 2,000 years. Recognized officially and observed countrywide as the National New Year, the celebrations take seven days, varying only slightly from the age old venerable traditions which are still observed to the letter by Sri Lankan's of all ages and social background.