Shanthi Vihara community centre Nottingham celebrated Sinhala & Tamil New Year Festival on 30th of April 2017 at Brinsley Parish Hall with the participation of over 250 people. This was the fifth consecutive year of the event organised by the Shanthi Vihara under the guidance of Venerable Teldeniyaye Amitha Thero.
Celebrations began with the opening the traditional Sri Lankan New Year Food table to the enthusiastic gathering. Mouth-watering sweets like Konda kevum, Kokis, Kung kevum, Kalu Dodol & kiri bath (Milk Rice) were served.
Following the Avrudu meals, everyone participated for Sri Lankan New Year games including very popular Kana Mutti, Kamba Edeema (tug-of-war), Sack races etc. There were many games to enjoy for both children and adults.
The lighting of the traditional oil lamp marked the beginning of the evening session; which showcased variety of cultural events, spectacular dance performances by the professional dancers and the children of Shanthi Vihara Dhamma School and other invited dance groups. Special guests, invitees, vihara devotees and Sri Lankans living around the UK were present at the cultural show. Children’s fancy dress competition which brought enjoyment for both children and adults was very colourful and extremely competitive. Live entertainment was provided by “Ko Aa” a Liverpool based Sri Lankan band.
The event was a tremendous success as it brought both enjoyment and opportunity for the wider variety of people of different backgrounds to come together to foster friendship and genuine fellowship right across the region. A day of celebrations filled with joy happiness and unity drew to an end at 10.00pm after singing the Sri Lankan National anthem by all with the musical group.