New year celebration in “Meth Mihira”

Meth Mihira Special Education Centre AwurudhuCelibration 2021

Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a Sri Lankan holiday that celebrates the traditional new year of the Sinhalese and Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Meth Mihira Special education centre, Moratuwa, recently celebrated Sinhala and Tamil new year on the 8th of April 2021 in the school premises.

        As one of a catholic special need school, the main purpose of celebrating this event was to give a bit of knowledge to the student about the ‘’Dawn customs and traditions’’ follows on this festival. Rev. Fr. Ajith Appuhami, the parish priest of St. Michael’s  church Koralawella, was the chief Guest and Rev. Sr. Antoinette Jayaseeli , (the mother superior) Rev. Sr. Priyanga Gunawardena (sister in charge of the school) ,Ms. Shamanthi , students and parents of Meth Mihira and the parish youth took part in this ceremony.

     Students welcomed the invitees with handfuls of betel and Arathi, giving a prominent place to the Sinhalese and Tamil culture. While boiling milk, everyone was filled with filled hearts full of happiness, and, Rev. Fr. Ajith said the opening prayer to invoke God’s blessings for the New Year celebration. Different customs and traditions as Punyakalaya (Neutral period), preparation of meals, communicating of work, offering betel and worshiping parents and elders, partaking of meals, visiting relations and friends and exchanging new year dishes, anointing the head etc… showed to the students at Gamagedara.(village house)

            This day was more colorful with Awurudu games. The closure of this day marked with a dance of students at Meth Mihira Special Centre. Rev.Fr. Ajith addressed the community and inspired them to value unity and harmony with each other to buildup the school community. All the students were happy as they received new year gifts. Rev.Sr.Priyanga Gunawardena gave the vote of thanks and ended the New Year celebration with National Anthem. It was indeed a happy and beautiful day for all of us at Meth Mihira. May God Bless Meth Mihira!