UPDATE: Preparations underway for Aluth Avurudu – auspicious times, colours, happenings

UPDATE: Preparations underway for Aluth Avurudu – auspicious times, colours, happenings

UPDATE: Preparations underway for Aluth Avurudu – auspicious times, colours, happenings

Written by Staff Writer

13 Apr, 2015 | 1:13 pm

As the Sun moves from Pisces to Aries,  the Sinhala and Tamil New Year will dawn on us on Tuesday, April 14.

The zodiac shift is considered a great ceremony for the Sri Lankan agrarian societies with the promise of crops. The main tradition of this ceremony is to appreciate  the Sun God who provides the rich resources of rice and other food items.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year New Year will dawn at 1. 47 on Tuesday afternoon.

The inauspicious time or Nonagathaya will take place from  7.23 Tuesday morning to 08.11.

Astrologers state that it is wise to take the first meal at 7.23 a.m. and stop working in order to take part in religious activities.

The auspicious time to kindle the hearth is at 2.05 p.m.

It has been deemed auspicious to dress in red attire, turn eastwards and kindle the hearth to prepare red milk rice mixed with cane sugar, accompanied by a sweet meat.

It has also been deemed auspicious to conduct transactions at 02.42 p.m., Tuesday, April 14.  This is also the auspicious time to consume food, facing the East and in red attire.

The auspicious time for the anointing of the head with oils, is 09.06 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15; while the auspicious colour for attire is light green and the auspicious direction, North.

According to Mahinda Kumara Dalupotha however, there is an issue as to how people can comply with age-old traditions but they cannot be followed. The water that comes through the pipes can be stopped before the inauspicious time. After the Nonagathaya, you can have a small clay pot and place a white cloth under it and collect the water from the tap or the pipe. Subsequently, based on the religious following , you cannot engage in religious activities. If you are a Buddhist you can visit the temple and pour the water to the Bo tree. If you are a Hindu, you can also visit the Kovil and do the same. The clay pot that was used to mark the end of the old year can be cleaned with clay and used once again to welcome the New Year with new intentions.

Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Transport Board, Raja Gunatilleke says that buses will be dispatched from the Pettah Central Bus Stand based on the requirement during the festive season.

When News 1st visited the Private Bus Stand in Bastian Mawatha , it was evident that facilities had been provided in a manner where there will be no congestion to the passengers travelling in buses. However, it was reported on Monday morning that there were fewer buses being deployed to the areas of Nuwara Eliya and Matale. Our correspondents reported that there were insufficient buses for shot-distance travel.


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