Highlighting the festive spirit, the ground was decorated with National flags and other traditional items. Celebrations commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany Karunasena Hettiarachchi, followed by singing of the National Anthem and the lighting of the traditional oil lamp.
Buddhist and Hindu religious observances were conducted to bless the participants and the people of Sri Lanka. Marking the New Year tradition, the auspicious boiling of milk was performed, wishing prosperity for the nation.
The Festival provided an immense opportunity for both Sri Lankan and German participants to experience and enjoy traditional Sri Lankan customs and rituals. The participants were keen to take part in the traditional new year games and festivities, which included, pillow fight, marking the eye of the elephant, lime & spoon race, bun eating, tug o’ war, fancy dress parade and ‘avurudu kumariya’ & ‘avurudu kumara’ contests.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Hettiarachchi wished everyone present a happy and prosperous New Year and highlighted the significance of celebrating New Year that renews family bonds and friendships. The Ambassador also thanked members of the Sri Lankan community and well-wishers for being present throughout the festival and for their active assistance and contribution in promoting Sri Lanka’s unique traditions and customs in Germany.
All participants were treated to a sumptuous traditional New Year ‘Kevili’ table specially prepared for the occasion.