A memorable Sinhala and Tamil
New Year Celebrations
was held on Sunday 24th
April 2016 at the Manchester Health Academy,
Moor Road Brooklands, Manchester M23 9BP.
Approximately 200 Sri Lankan families from
all over the North West of England and other
neighbouring areas such as Stoke-On-Trent,
Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield witnessed
this colourful event.
This year, Ketumati Buddhist
Vihara invited his Excellency Mr. Sugeeswara
Gunarathna, the acting Sri Lankan high
commissioner for United Kingdom as the chief
guest at the New Year celebrations. The
acting High Commissioner delivered a very
interesting speech about the cultural value
of Sri Lankan New Year. He also added his
congratulations for all the achievements of
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara.
The proceedings started with
religious observances and lighting of the
traditional oil lamp, while the
Jayamangalagatha was being recited by
the children of Ketumati Dhamma School In
the morning, after the midday meal, the
actual New Year celebrations began. The
audience were entertained with traditional
songs, music, drama and games performed by
the adults and children. Afterwards, the
traditional Sri Lankan food Kevum,
Kokis etc was served and enjoyed by all.