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Ceylon & Sri Lanka Stamps Banknotes Coins, Sinhalese New Year (1)

Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Sinhalese New Year. In April (the month of Bak), when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries) in the celestial sphere; Sri Lankans begin celebrating their New Year or Aluth Avurudhu (in Sinhala) and Puththandu (in Tamil). It marks the end of the harvest season and also coincides with one of 2 instances when the sun is directly above Sri Lanka. On the day of celebrations, the sun is directly above Koggala (where a sun devale can be found). A new year of the Saka era begins with each festival. However, unlike the Western celebration of the new year at midnight on December 31st, the Sri Lankan New Year begins at a time determined by astrological signs. Also unlike western traditions; the ending of the old year, and the beginning of the new year occur several hours apart from one another (this span is determined by astrology as well) - this period is, aptly enough, referred to as the nona gathe (neutral period). During this time Sri Lankans are, according to custom, encouraged to refrain from material pursuits, and engage solely in religious activities and traditional games. The date upon which the Sri Lankan New Year occurred, while determined by astrological signs, also tends to coincide with the end of the harvest season - for this reason, many farming communities celebrate the new year while gathering fruits that have fallen from their trees.



Cultural rituals begin shortly after the beginning of the new year with the cleaning of the house and lighting of an oil lamp. In some communities, women congregate to play upon on the raban (drum) to warn others of the incipient change in the year. Families indulge in a variety of rituals which are carefully determined by astrological calculations - from lighting the fire to making the kiri bath, (milk rice) to entering into the first business transaction and eating the first morsels. Once these are done, the partying really begins as families mingle in the streets, homes are thrown open and children are let out to play. The ubiquitous plantain is dished out alongside celebratory feasts of kaung (small oil cake) and kokis (crisp and light sweetmeat, originally from the Netherlands). Aurudu has become an important national holiday for both the cultures of the Sinhalese Buddhists and the Tamil Hindu Sri Lankans, and is unique as such, as it is not celebrated in the same manner elsewhere in the world (some countries do celebrate a similar festival on the same date or a near date).

Ceylon & Sri Lanka - Mint Stamps

Sinhalese and Tamil New Year

Date: 10-Apr-86
Denomination: 50c
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Mint Stamp - Sinhalese and Tamil New Year from 1986 in collection of Mint Stamps one of many items in Catagory: Community & Culture.

MS-LK-86021

Sri Lanka used stamps

Sinhalese and Tamil New Year - Woman and festive foods

Date: 10-Apr-86
Denomination: 75c
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Used Stamp - Sinhalese and Tamil New Year - Woman and festive foods from 1986 in collection of Used Stamps an item in the Catagory: Community & Culture.

US-LK-86031

 
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