Sinhala & Tamil New Year in Birmingham
One of the key events of the Sri Lankan community agenda is the Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebration, which falls on 13 &14 of April every year. This occasion has a great meaning to each & every Sri Lankan specially living abroad. Peace & Harmony, old traditions, auspicious time, new thoughts, visiting kith & kin, cooking various traditional foods and folk games are very popular during this festive season.
Every year, Most Venerable Kappitiyagoda Gunawansa Thero, the head of the "JETHAWANA BUDDHA VIHARA", as the community leader of the West Midlands Sri Lankan community, organises the “MINDLAND'S SOORIYA MANGALLYA” with the great help of Sri Lankan Diaspora living in the Midlands. This festival helps to bring the whole community together in to one place in order to promote peace & harmony amongst each other.
This year, the festival was held in “HANDSWORTH HORTICULTURAL INSTITUTE” on 21/04/2013. Among them Most Venerable Keppitiyagoda Gunawansa Thero, the Chief Sangha Nayake of Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya to Great Britain welcomed each and every body and explained the real objectives of this traditional event. Minister Councillor Mr Chaminda Kularathne of Sri Lankan High commission was the chief guest. Mr. Phil Banion the member of Europe parliament, Dr. Kokila Vaidyarathna and Mr. H.M.K. Herath (first Secretary) also attended representing Sri Lankan High Commission.
There were so many traditional Sri Lankan folk Games to play for both kids & adults that were conducted by midlands Sri Lankan cricket team.. Scrumptious Sri Lankan Food & drinks were available at the venue and lunch was offered free of charge to all with the generous sponsorship of East End Food Limited, Birmingham. Duke courts travel provided the main sponsorship while Bank of Ceylon, Fair Deal and Sri Lankan Air Lines also had sponsored the event.
Stupefying dancing activities were presented by the “MIDLANDS SARASI” Dancing academy. Event was ended by the musical extravaganza conducted by the “MIDLANDS STARS”. Mr. Chanaka Dissanayake and Mrs. Achala Mahawithana were the announcers of the whole event.