Sri Lankan New Year 2016



Suba Aluth Awurudhak Wewa! Puthuandu vazthukal! And Happy Sri Lankan New Year!

April, the cruellest month, is upon us. Winter is approaching and Kmart is running out of hot water bottles. So is it not the perfect opportunity to escape?

Where to, you ask? To the intrepid tropics of course! We, the Sri Lankan Students’ Association, would like extend our warmest invitation to all Dunedinites for our annual Sinhala Tamil New Year Festival! As a prelude to the evening we will be holding the ancient lighting of the lamp ceremony; a metaphor for luck, prosperity and wisdom as we enter the new celestial year. Then the excitement begins!

Various games for the children (and adults), face painting, musical performances, traditional dances, many prizes and even a raffle are just a few of the events planned. All this will be followed by a tantalising feast comprised of New Year staples such as coconut milk rice, sambols, and sweet treats galore. To end the night with a bang, SLSA has organized a firework display that will paint the night sky across the farthest reaches of Dunedin.

So join us in this most spectacular display of colour, food, and festivities and we assure you a night to remember!

We would like to thank our main sponsors DCC and OUSA for providing us grants to make this event happen!

Interview with our vice-president Tharindu Ranabahu :


Full photo album here!