Tamil Avurudhu revels in Canberra
Australia-Sri Lanka Association under the Presidency of
the first time
joined together with the Sinhala Cultural Association to mark the
Sinhala and Tamil New Year by hosting a day of food, fun and frolick
on April 13, this year at the St. Judes Primary School in
Canberra.The hitherto unusual coming together of two Sri Lankan
associations was further appreciated in the backdrop of the peace
talks and in the spirit of cooperation and reconciliation.
guests at the traditional celebrations were Sri Lanka's High
Commissioner to Australia, Major General Janaka Perera and Madam
Wajira Perera. Distinguished invitees included legislative assembly
members and other VIPs.
400 people gathered to celebrate the traditional new year and home
sick Sri Lankans were able to partake of the usual Kiributh, Lunu
Miris, Kevum, Kokis and other sweetmeats including yellow rice with
all its culinary accompaniments during lunch time. The crowd eagerly
joined in to play the traditional avurudhu games like kotta pora, kana
muttiya and hisa thel gema.
Sinhala and Tamil dances were performed to further showcase the
diverse and rich culture of Sri Lanka.