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Sri Lankans living in Nottingham and nearby regions of the East Midlands in the U.K., gathered at the Papplewick Linby Village Hall in the afternoon of Easter Sunday, 20th April, 2014, to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

This was the second successive year in which this festival had been organised by the Shanthi Vihara & Community Centre of Nottingham under the direction of its Incumbent, the Venerable Teldeniyaye Amitha Thero.

The festival commenced by observing five precepts. Accompanied by the beat of the traditional drum, the lighting of the oil lamp by the Chief Guest, Mrs Linda Woodings, a candidate in the forthcoming elections, from the East Midlands, of Members of the European Parliament, then took place. Joining her in the lighting were the Maha Sangha, Mr H.M.K. Herath and Mr Neranjan Pathirathna of the Diplomatic Staff of the High Commission for Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom, other leading representatives of the local community, and by the Trustees of the Vihara.

This particular Sri Lankan festival would not be a festival without the active participation of all those present - adults as well as children - in a variety of games, some being games of skill while others severely tested strength and endurance, but all generating enormous amounts of fun and enjoyment.

Sri Lankan New Year sweets and mouthwatering traditional food like Kokis (a deep fried and crispy Sri Lankan sweet), Konda Kavum (oil cake), Asmee, Aluwa, Mung Kavum (Sri Lankan sweet with mung bean) Athirasa and Kiri Bath (Milk Rice) were served to the enthusiastic gathering. A Sri Lankan food stall set up in the site attracted a long queue of crowd from all nationalities eager to taste authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

Live entertainment was provided by "Sapna" a Sri Lankan band based in Nottingham. In additions to various types of Sri Lankan music, spectacular Kandiayan and puja dance performance by Sri Lankan dancing troops brought the climax of the New Year celebration of the day.

A wonderful day of bonding, fun and celebration was brought to a close by the playing of 'Sri Lanka Matha' - the National Anthem of Sri Lanka.

BY Dr. S.W. Hirantha  |  Courtesy of News Lanka  |  Full Album >>


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