• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 140 YEARS, BUDDHISTS, CHRISTIANS AND HINDUS IN CEYLON, CELEBRATED ACCORDING TO THEIR RESPECTIVE FAITHS, THE BUDDHIST AND HINDU NEW YEAR AS WELL AS THE CHRISTIAN EASTER SUNDAY ON THE SAME DAY.

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    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 140 YEARS, BUDDHISTS, CHRISTIANS AND HINDUS IN CEYLON, CELEBRATED ACCORDING TO THEIR RESPECTIVE FAITHS, THE BUDDHIST AND HINDU NEW YEAR AS WELL AS THE CHRISTIAN EASTER SUNDAY ON THE SAME DAY.

    BY A RARE COINCIDENCE, ALL THREE FESTIVALS FELL ON APRIL 14 THIS YEAR.

    THE BUDDHIST AND HINDUS USHERED IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE LIGHTING OF THE FAMILY HEART AT AN AUSPICIOUS HOUR IN THE MORNING TO COOK THEIR FIRST MEAL AND CHRISTIAN CHURCHES HELD MIDNIGHT MASS TO MARK THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DRESSED IN THEIR BEST ATTIRE, JAMMED THE TEMPLES WITH OFFERINGS OF FLOWERS.LATER, THEY VISITED THEIR PARENTS AND RELATIVES.

    NEW YEAR FOR THE HINDU TAMILS WAS ESSENTIALLY A SOCIAL EVENT AND RELIGION CAME ONLY IN SO FAR AS IT WAS A SOCIALLY BINDING FORCE.

    FRIENDS AND RELATIVES INVITED EACH OTHER FOR DINNER.

    EVERY EFFORT WAS MADE BY EVERYONE TO BE NICE ABOUT THEIR DEALINGS WITH OTHERS ON NEW YEAR DAY.

    TRADITIONAL GAMES WERE REVIVED ON THAT DAY AND ONE IMPORTANT GAME THAT WAS PLAYED WAS THE "COCONUT DUEL".

    SMALL COCONUTS FROM SPECIAL TREES WERE PLUCKED AND KEPT BURIED IN THE GROUND FOR THREE OR FOUR MONTHS FOR USE IN THIS DUEL.

    COCONUT SCRAPING CONTESTS HELD ALL OVER THE ISLAND DREW LARGE CROWDS OF CHILDREN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWCBDO7L7LTS67CGLDJJJB9ZM
    Media URN:
    VLVACWCBDO7L7LTS67CGLDJJJB9ZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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