RICH VIVID CULTURE DATING BACK TO THE TIME WHERE KINGS RULED
If you are a travel enthusiasts who love to explore new cultures, Ceylon is a great choice. Not only it’s a tiny island in the Indian ocean with breath taking natural beauty, but also it has a rich and a vivid culture dating back to the time where kings ruled this land. It truly is a land like no other, where people belonging to different religions and nationalities live in harmony. This harmony has helped create a unique Ceylon culture in which all the different aspects of these different religious and national groups are interconnected. So much so that there are only very subtle dividing lines between each group regarding clothes and food. In fact some Ceylon people celebrate each other’s cultural or religious events just for the sake of harmony and also fun. For example some Buddhist kids decorate Christmas trees at their homes and leave food out for Santa while Christian kids give dansal (free food / drink stalls by the road side) during wesak and poson festivals. And people from all three nationalities: Sinhala, Tamil and Burgers celebrate the New Year, which is the biggest cultural event in Ceylon, together.
SRI LANKA HAS A DIFFERENT NEW YEAR THAN 1ST OF JANUARY
Yes, April is a good month to visit Ceylon if you want to experience the Ceylon culture first hand. The whole country will be bubbling with joy and excitement as everybody prepares for the New Year which is a harvesting festival that falls on 13th and 14th of April. Even though only the above two dates are officially dedicated for New Year, from the beginning of April to the end it’s all about New Year. In the beginning of the month, people get ready for it and then from 13th onwards it’s a country filled with New Year rituals, traditional songs, traditional dances, traditional New Year games, traditional New Year sweets and last but not least traditional customs, handed down from one generation to the next, which strengthens the bond between family members, neighbors, and the temple. Cause New Year is a time where you even forgive your enemy. This one article is not enough to go to an in-depth analysis of New Year. So I would like you to be patient and wait for our article which will solely discuss about New Year of Ceylon.
SRI LANKANS ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY AND FRIENDLY NATURE
Be not disheartened, thinking you might not experience all this even if you do come to Ceylon cause after all you are not a Sri Lankan and you know nothing about these customs and rituals etc. Cause every tourist hotel in Ceylon are organizing their own New Year festivals for the guests like you to comfortably have the Ceylon experience. And here’s the best part, even if you step out of your hotel and go to see a New Year festival organized by the locals, you are sure to be welcomed with friendly gestures. As you may already know, Sri Lankans are famous for their hospitality and friendly nature. They will try their best to be helpful and make you feel at home. Most Sri Lankans are bilingual, English being their second language and some even trilingual, so you won’t face any difficulty asking simple questions and getting answers from the locals. In fact they are so friendly that they might invite you to have a cup of tea. Bear in my that in Ceylon, by default, tea means milk mixed with sugar and tea. If you prefer only tea, you’ll have to ask for a cup of plain tea and specifically mention how much sugar you’d like as Sri Lankans like it very sweet.
CEYLON IS THE BEST DESTINATION TO HAVE A LOVELY AND AFFORDABLE HOLIDAY
So I think by now you have some knowledge of Ceylon culture. Its rich, vivid, full of customs and rituals which has great meaning, and unique. Ceylon is one of the best destinations to have a lovely and affordable holiday while experiencing the country’s culture. Hurry up! Visit Sri Lanka and have this great experience today.