Monday, 14 April 2014

Happy Sinhala New Year ...

Today marked a special day in one of our E7 families calendar - the Sinhalese New Year, also known as Aluth Avurudda (අලුත් අවුරුද්ද in Sinhalese) in Sri Lanka and celebrated during April.   It marks the end of the harvest season and also coincides with one of two instances when the sun is directly above Sri Lanka.  

Some of the cultural traditions observed during this special time include cleaning the house (like a big spring clean), lighting of a special oil lamp and preparing and eating special foods.

Dehan's lovely mum, Dilly brought in some of these foods for our class to try today ...
Dehan tells us about the special Kokis his
Mum has made the class...
Dehan wearing his special sarong (also called a lungi)
Crispy, star-shaped Kokis...
Kokis; Kiribath (milk rice); Kavum (small oil cakes);
Mun Keum (a sweet food prepared with treacle) ...
It was wonderful to celebrate this special occasion with Dehan and embrace some of the diversity of cultures we have in our wonderful class.  Thank you so much to Dehan's family for sharing with us ...

Happy Sinhala New Year everybody from E7 ...

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