Sri Lanka’s First Family observes New Year traditions

Apr 15, Tangalle: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and sons Namal, Yoshitha and Rohitha observed the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year customs on Thursday at his ancestral home, Carlton House in Tangalle.

According to the tradition First Lady facing the north boiled the milk at the auspicious time of 1:06 p.m.

The President later visited the People’s Bank and Bank of Ceylon branches in Tangalle for traditional money transactions.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns when the Sun moves from House of Pisces

to House of Aries, completing a cycle of a twelve-month period. Sri Lankans celebrate the event with a host of rituals.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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