SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR

Celebrated in the month of April, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year is a traditional festival that is filled with rituals, togetherness and mouthwatering sweetmeats! Based upon auspicious times, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year marks the end of the harvest season. Somewhat similar to thanksgiving, it is a time of togetherness, religious activities and customs, determined by auspicious times. It ends with festivities including the playing of the rabana by the ladies and the partaking of food such as kiribath (milk rice), kavum (oil cakes) and kokis. So come enjoy a traditional New Year celebration with Hayleys Tours.

Vesak

Vesak

A festival of lights held in May, Vesak is when the entire country is adorned with lanterns, lightening up the entire country in the gentle glow of flickering lanterns calmly blowing in the gentle breeze. Vesak is the full moon or poya day that marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. Though the religious aspect is just for a day, the celebrations go on for a week. The entire country lights up in an array of lights that transform normal streets into works of art. Come walk around the streets with the locals as your eyes feast upon beautifully created lanterns and colourful pandols. Come enjoy Vesak with Hayleys Tours.

 

 

NAWAM PEREHARA                                       FEB

Nawam Maha Perahera is an annual event that is held in Colombo. The heavily decorated elephants are the major attractions here with the parades and performances.

Every year in February, thousands throng the country’s metropolis as the streets of Colombo give way to a grand pageant that combines dance, culture and splendour. Although established only in 1979, this procession, the Navam Maha Perahera, is a much celebrated and revered occasion that brings together communities and depicts the country’s rich cultural traditions. The pagent start from the famous Gangarama Temple.

Sinhala & Tamil New Year (April)

Celebrated in the month of April, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year is a traditional festival that is filled with rituals, togetherness and mouthwatering sweetmeats! Based upon auspicious times, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year marks the end of the harvest season. Somewhat similar to thanksgiving, it is a time of togetherness, religious activities and customs, determined by auspicious times. It ends with festivities including the playing of the rabana by the ladies and the partaking of food such as kiribath (milk rice), kavum (oil cakes) and kokis. So come enjoy a traditional New Year celebration with Hayleys Tours.

Vesak (May)

A festival of lights held in May, Vesak is when the entire country is adorned with lanterns, lightening up the entire country in the gentle glow of flickering lanterns calmly blowing in the gentle breeze. Vesak is the full moon or poya day that marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. Though the religious aspect is just for a day, the celebrations go on for a week. The entire country lights up in an array of lights that transform normal streets into works of art. Come walk around the streets with the locals as your eyes feast upon beautifully created lanterns and colourful pandols. Come enjoy Vesak with Hayleys Tours.