Story: Sri Lankans

Sri Lankan festivals (1st of 3)

Sri Lankan festivals

Hiranthi Manukulasuriya and Hashira Cooray (centre) participate with other children in Sri Lankan New Year celebrations at Paraparaumu in 1991. The Sinhalese New Year is traditionally celebrated on 14 April with a milk-boiling ceremony. A pot overflowing with milk, which is considered sacred, signifies abundance and prosperity in the year ahead.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/1026/17
Photograph by Mark Coote

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Sri Lankans - Community', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2023