Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations
The last day of the first term was 5th of April 2017. According to the Sinhala calendar, Sri Lankans begin celebrating ‘Aluth Avurudu’ in Sinhala and ‘Puththandu’ in Tamil, in the month of April. Holy Family Convent celebrated this unique national festival following the customs and traditions of Sri Lanka.
The day began with the blessings of the Holy Mass and the celebration of Sinhala and Tamil New Year began. The whole school sparkled with beautiful varieties of colours as the students wore the traditional clothes which emitted the New Year feeling.
As the first ritual, milk was boiled in a new earthen pot and was allowed to boil over, symbolizing prosperity. Following this the other rituals continued which involved exchanging presents and greeting them with a sheaf of betel, paying respect to elders and strengthening of relationships between teachers and students. The anointing was done by Sr.Euphrasia to the youngest student in the school.
After the customs were over, students went to their own classes with their respective class teachers and opened the traditional ‘Avurudu Mesaya’ and the students enjoyed their meals together. The students freely ran and enjoyed the Onchilla (swing) and kept on swaying back and forth with gleaming faces.
The entertainment part was yet to come and amidst the sound of music the hint of it was given so the students gathered around the quadrangle to watch the stunning performances which pleased the school body. The surprise act done by the prefects made the event more gratifying.
The competitions were started with the playing of Rabana and so on the games continued consisting; kana mutti bindima, banis kama (eating buns), the spoon race and tug of war which arose the feeling of competition between both students and teachers.
Finally the celebration of ‘Avurudu’ ended with the Avurudu Kumari Pageant and everyone was engrossed with happiness. The school closed for the vacation and will be re-opened on 27th of April 2017.