• Short Summary

    Ceylon's New York - the date varies annually - was celebrated this year on Apr 13 with traditional religious rites, meals, and games.

  • Description

    Ceylon's New York - the date varies annually - was celebrated this year on Apr 13 with traditional religious rites, meals, and games. Co-incidence of New Year with completion of harvesting lends extra gaiety to this festival.

    Sinhalese begin the day by visiting a temple, where many make offerings of flowers, hoping for a successful New Year. Later, each family dons new clothes and gathers for a special meal. The senior member serves his kinsfolk with a portion of "Kiribath" - boiled rice mixed with thick coco-nut milk - and says a blessing over each.

    When the meal is digested, active pleasures follow. Putting aside modern games - like hockey and cricket - the Sinhalese revert to traditional sports; good-natured but normally slow-moving oxen are conscripted for ox-cart races; and women turn an everyday task into pleasure - seeing who is the fastest coco-nut-scraper.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58843K8XYY4UNZQ3JM7Z5TET7
    Media URN:
    VLVA58843K8XYY4UNZQ3JM7Z5TET7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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