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Learn About The Traditional Games Played At The Sinhala And Tamil New Year

In ancient Sri Lanka, farming was the main livelihood of the nation and to celebrate the end of the harvest season and the passing of the Sun from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries, a most exuberant festival called the Harvest Festival or the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is held every year in April.

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The Sinhala and Tamil New Year

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Held on the 13th and 14th of April this year, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a cultural event that Sri Lankans celebrate with a lot of ancient traditions such as boiling milk for prosperity and the anointing of herbal oil. This is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit Sri Lanka as there are many festivities to partake and enjoy. Consider staying in hotels in Dambulla Sri Lanka such as the Kalundewa Retreat if you are in search of accommodation, since villages organize some of the best New Year festivals in the country.

Avurudu Uthsawaya (Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival)

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The New Year’s Day feast consists of Milk Rice and wide range of sweetmeats and savories. At ‘Avurudu Uthsawa’ or New Year Festivals you will be able to take part in so many fun activities such as ‘Kottapora’-Pillow fights, drum competitions and beauty pageants where the New Year King and Queen are chosen. These games can be categorized as outdoor and indoor games. Some of the outdoor games are chaggudu, katuru onchilla, onchili varam, olinda keliya and kaju, pancha dameema are indoor games.

Some of the Major New Year games (Avrudu Kreeda)

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Raban gaseema – The playing of the rabana, locally known as raban gaseema, is mainly done by elderly females.

Lissana gaha nageema (climbing the greased pole) – Each player has to climb the greased pole in an attempt to grab the present or the flag tied on top.

Kotta Pora (pillow fights) – Players have to try and knock their opponent off while balancing on a horizontal bar with one hand tied behind them. This game is certainly a treat for onlookers!

Banis kama (eating buns) – Bunis kama is yet another fun competition to watch and take part in. Participants have their hands tied up behind as they try to eat buns which are hung by strings.

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