New Year dawns at Jetwing Hotels
The melodious call of the Koha bird (the Asian Koel), heralds the
dawn of the New Year, an event steeped in auspice and tradition.
Reminiscent of the festival of Christmas, the Sinhalese and Tamil New
Year is a time for family, for celebration and expectation for the year
to come. With smiles and laughter all around, as well as delicious
sweetmeats and community games, Avurudu is definitely not to be missed.
This Avurudu, Jetwing Hotels offers visitors the chance to
participate in an authentic Sri Lanka New Year, with properties around
the country holding the traditional games such as the popular Kotta
Pora, Lissana gahe as well as selection of the Avurudu Kumari amongst
In Negombo, Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach are pulling out all the
stops: Beginning early at 7 am, a mini-marathon of 3km will start the
The hoisting of the National Flag, as well as traditional activities
such as the boiling of milk, the lighting of the oil lamp, beating of
the raban will signify the commencement of a new year.
Games and competitions follow, with sack races and bun eating for
children, traditional drama and songs, tug o’ war as well as the ever
popular kana mutti being some of the events planned. The day’s
proceedings will come to a close with the selection of the Avurudu
Kumari, and the distribution of gifts. Jetwing Beach will hold a
swimming competition as well as sand castle competition for children on
Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions will host a special Sweetmeat Breakfast
for guests on the 14th and the anointing of oil at the auspicious time.
Jetwing Sea begins their programme on the 11th with a traditional
Avurudu Ulela at the Lellama restaurant and will celebrate the dawn of
the New Year with a breakfast buffet featuring Sri Lankan sweetmeats,
and till the 17th will feature themed buffet meals.
Jetwing Vil Uyana begins their Avurudu programme at 10 am, with the
hoisting of the National Flag to the stirring tones of the Sri Lankan
Afterwards, guests are to be welcomed in the traditional manner, with
the presentation of betel leaves, and the festivities begin with the
lighting of the oil lamp.
Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle will begin their Avurudu activities in the
afternoon, with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp and boiling of
milk; followed by children’s games.
A few miles away, Tangalla Bay is heavily into the occasion, with
games galore organized on the tempting beach front.
The hills of Sri Lanka are a popular family destination in the month
of April, and Jetwing St. Andrew’s has the entire month planned with
theme nights, food festivals and plenty of special offers.
The 14th is to be quite a busy day, with the MotoCross at the NEM
Racing Complex, as well as the Hill Club Tennis Tournament, and a
special Sri Lankan Carnival Buffet at Jetwing St. Andrew’s in the night,
not to be missed!