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The Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations in Singapore

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore together  with The Coordinating Committee Celebrated "The Sinhala and Tamil New Year and Cultural Show 2013" on the 21st (Sunday) of April 2013 from 11.00 A.M  to 8.00 P.M at Toa Payoh Town Park, Singapore.

The day long celebration began with the hoisting of the Sri Lankan flag by H. E Ferial Ashraff after which religious blessings by both Buddhist monks and Hindu priest were conducted to inaugurate the event. Guests then enjoyed Kiribath and a variety of traditional sweetmeats that was laid out on a festive table. The pavilion at the venue depicted both the rich Sinhala and Tamil cultures beautifully. The colourful arrangement of flowers, oil lamps and statues bringing out the essence of Tamil culture complimented the beautiful Pun Kalasas made out of tender coconut leaves that lined the stage. Ladies dressed in the customary costumes played the Raban bringing in the rhythmic sounds of the New Year.

The Mahakaruna Buddhist Society provided delicious Sri Lankan lunch to the large number of guests present who enthusiastically participated in the games organised on the grassy lawns of the park. The string of games associated with the New Year began with the weaving of coconut leaves followed by many others like breaking the water pot, bun eating race, placing the eye on the elephant, bursting the balloon and even a fancy dress competition. The tug - of - war was the highlight which concluded a fun filled afternoon.

A variety of Sri Lankan cakes and tea time savouries were provided as people settled down for the cultural segment of the celebrations. Children from the Sunday School of the Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple and Sri Lankan workers in Singapore entertained guests with a vibrant selection of song and dance routines. Bringing in the Tamil flavour, students from the Apsaras School of Fine Arts, whose founders are Sri Lankan, enthralled the audience with their graceful and expressive performances.

An energetic musical evening was the perfect way to round up the celebrations. Singaporean singer Kadayam Suresh Kaushik took the stage and captivated all those present with popular Tamil songs. The much anticipated well known Sri Lankan singer Lahiru brought the audience to their feet and guests also enjoyed Sri Lankan Baila performed by Singer Ajantha Kapila Kumara.


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