On the 16th of April, while some of us were enjoying our extended holiday and others were heading off to work. No 18, Elliot place was getting ready to celebrate Avurudu at the Sri Lanka unites office.
“The Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda (අලුත් අවුරුද්ද) in Sri Lanka, is the new year celebrated by the Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka.
According to astrology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries). It also marks the end of the harvest and spring.” - Wikipedia
As it depicts the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is an event celebrated by all Sri Lankans alike. It’s the time of the year when sweet meats unique to Sri Lanka decorate the table.
As the fire was brought to life we were all waiting for the milk to overflow! And it did leading everyone to the neatly laid out Avurudu table full of delicious food and drink. Everyone was enjoying themselves and satisfying their taste buds while they were catching up with old friends and making new ones.
After the meals comes the traditional games, even thought we had limited space in the office we managed to play a few games like: feeding yogurt, tug of war and eyeing the elephant with the ladies finally managing to put one over the guys in a tug of war (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC4LE3pozjs&list=UUW7KfzTVHcSThNZoTwSXaLw )
At the end of the day everyone enjoyed them-selves and were glad to be back with all their friends, some of which they have not met each other in a while. With all the fun and joy coming to an end as the Avurudu Celebrations came to a halt and the team knew of their which lies ahead in the lead up to the Future Leaders Conference Season – 6. The best is yet to come