Auspicious times for the New Year
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year, one of the most significant cultural
events in Sri Lanka followed by a large segment of the population, dawns
at 6.58 am on April 13. Astrologically, the Aluth Avurudda symbolises
the transition of the Sun from Pisces to Aries.
The Punya Kalaya (Nonagathaya) for religious observances is from
12.56 pm on April 13 to 1.44 am on April 14. One should not engage in
any work during this period.
The auspicious time for lighting the hearth for cooking ghee and
jaggery mixed milk rice (kiribath) is 7.42 pm on April 13. The hearth
should be set facing the south. White and light blue mixed attire is
The first meal for the New Year should be taken at 10.28 pm on April
13. This traditionally includes starting work and engaging in the first
transaction for the New Year. White and blue clothing is recommended.
The auspicious time for anointing oil is 7.08 am on April 15. Gold
coloured attire is recommended for this ceremony. There will be a
national ceremony for anointing oil.
The auspicious time for leaving for work is 6.22 am on Wednesday,
'Avurudu Nekath Seettuwa', the traditional document that lists the
'neketh' (auspicious times) for the customs to be followed during the
upcoming New Year was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa