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Farewell, 2022 - Hello, 2023!

Artistes performing at Aragalaya.
Artistes performing at Aragalaya.

The relationship between politics and culture can be complex and multifaceted, often involving elements that seem to be diametrically opposed. One notable example of this occurred in 2022 when politics intersected with culture in the form of the Aragalaya event. This event resulted in the creation of a unique word that did not have a proper English equivalent.

Hardly anyone was content with the traditional English translation of the word Aragalaya because it did not accurately capture the significance of the event that took place in 2022. The English translation failed to adequately convey the complexity and depth of the Aragalaya experience.

The word aswaddumization continues to be used in its original form, rather than its traditional English equivalent, because it conveys more meaning and depth from a Sinhalese perspective. Aswaddumization refers to a specific process of preparing and cultivating land for planting, which involves digging the soil, allowing it to naturally fertilize, and planting seeds. In international communication, the term cultivation is more commonly used because it is widely understood and likely to appeal to a broader audience. However, if a word like aswaddumization conveys additional meaning that is not captured by other words in the English language, there may be a case for using it. In this case, it is important to clearly define the word and provide context for its use to help readers understand its meaning. It is possible that aswaddumization could become more widely accepted in the English-speaking community and be incorporated into the standard, specialized lexicon of English over time, but this would depend on its widespread use and acceptance.

The purpose of the Aragalaya, or whether it achieved its goals, is a separate matter and not relevant to our discussion. 2022 offered a clear and distinct definition of the term Aragalaya. It exemplified the deep hatred towards one person and the love expressed through the art inspired by that hatred.

It's possible that not everyone who gathered at Colombo's Galle Face Green did so because they wanted to see one person removed from power. As the Aragalaya stretched on for days, it became more like a cultural orchestra, with people indulging and immersing themselves in the experience. It's also possible that the majority of the people in attendance may not have fully understood or cared about the original purpose of the campaign, but the cultural spirit of the event remained strong.

A mural commissioned by the Fearless Collective at the Gota-Go-Gama.

Politics and culture are often seen as strange bedfellows because they can sometimes seem to be at odds with one another. Politics is often concerned with power and governance, while culture is concerned with the values, beliefs, and behaviour of a society or group. While politics and culture can intersect and influence one another, they can also be in conflict. This is because different political systems and ideologies may have different ideas about what values and behaviours are meaningful or desirable. Additionally, cultural practices and beliefs may be used to justify or legitimize certain political actions or policies. As a result, politics and culture can sometimes be seen as strange bedfellows because they can be difficult to reconcile and may be seen as working against one another.

Politics and culture are interconnected in many ways. Culture can influence politics by shaping people's beliefs, values, and behaviour, which can in turn shape the policies and actions of political leaders and institutions. For example, cultural beliefs about gender roles may shape the policies and laws that a government enacts related to women's rights or reproductive health. Similarly, political policies and actions can influence culture by shaping the social norms and values that are prevalent within a society. For example, a government that enacts policies promoting religious freedom may help to create a more diverse and tolerant cultural climate.

Additionally, politics and culture can intersect in more subtle ways. For example, the way that a political system is structured and operates can reflect and reinforce certain cultural values. For example, a democratic system that values individual rights and freedoms may be more likely to emerge in a culture that places a high value on individual autonomy and self-determination.

The relationship between politics and culture is complex and multifaceted, with each influencing and shaping the other in various ways. That being said, 2022 brought a new vibrancy to Sri Lanka's culture. After experiencing pandemics and political turmoil, people were seeking something fresh and uplifting. The Aragalaya event and the cultural spirit it brought provided a sense of renewal and hope for the future.

In 2022, Sri Lanka experienced a number of significant cultural losses as several iconic figures passed away. These individuals made significant contributions to Sri Lanka's artistic and cultural landscape, and their loss was deeply felt by the community.

Despite these losses, Sri Lanka's culture remained vibrant and alive in 2022. There were numerous musical concerts and stage plays, offering opportunities for people to come together and celebrate the country's rich artistic traditions. These events were well-attended and greatly enjoyed by the public, who showed their appreciation for the diverse range of talent on display.

In conclusion, 2022 was a year of both loss and celebration for Sri Lanka's culture. The wealth of cultural events and performances kept the nation's artistic traditions alive and well. With the dawning of a new year, it's clear that Sri Lanka's culture remains a source of pride and joy for its people, and will continue to thrive in the years to come.

As we say goodbye to the year 2022 and welcome in the new year of 2023, it is a time to celebrate the traditions and cultural perspectives that make us unique.

From the ringing in of the New Year with the sound of temple bells and the lighting of fireworks, to the exchange of heartfelt wishes and gifts with loved ones, there are countless ways to celebrate the start of a new year.

May 2023 bring health, happiness, and prosperity to all, and may we continue to embrace and celebrate the diverse cultures that make up our world.

Happy New Year!


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