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.

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.

A climb up Adams Peak (Nov – Aug)

It is not a trek to be taken lightly, but those with true grit and determination will be well rewarded as they greet the breathtaking sunrise. Adam’s Peak or Siripada as it is known locally has the ‘sacred footprint’ on the summit, the origins of which vary according to religious beliefs. During the peak season the climb is done during the night, so that visitors will be at the summit in time for the amazing sunrise. Trekking along the lit pathways and steps, for hours to reach your destination, is an experience you will always treasure. Climb Adam’s Peak with Hayleys Tours.