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Sinhala and Tamil New Year rituals

Nonagathaya:

Nonagathaya, also known as the inauspicious time, will begin at 7.45 am on Sunday the April 14 and continues till 8.33 pm. It is traditional to cease all forms of work in this period and engage in religious observances.

The New Moon:

For the new lunar year, the new moon should be viewed on Sunday, April 7 and for the new solar year, the new moon should be viewed on Thursday, May 9.

Bathing for old year:

Bathing for old year falls on Thursday, April 13.

Dawn of the New Year

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns on Sunday, April 14 at 2.09 pm.

Preparing of traditional meals:

The auspicious time to prepare meals begins on Sunday, April 14 at 2.42 pm, dressed in orange and facing east and preparing milk rice using jaggery, accompanied by aggala and kevum.

Starting of work, exchange of gifts and having meals:

Starting work, transactions and consuming meals should begin on Sunday April 14 at 3.45 pm wearing orange and facing east.

Anointing of oil:

Anointing oil begins on Wednesday, April 17 at 7.40 am, dressed in green and facing east, placing kohomba leaves on head and colon leaves on feet.

Setting out for occupations:

Leaving for occupations begins on Thursday April 18 at 4.52 am dressed in green and consuming meals including milk rice and jiggery.


 

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