The Bridge - Ape Awurudu "Our New Year"
Ape Awurudu falls on April 13th or 14th each year, depending on the astrological calculations. It is a time when families come together to celebrate the harvest season and enjoy the traditions that have been passed down through generations. The aroma of kiribath (milk rice), the vibrant colors of avurudu kuma (traditional sweets), and the playful sound of firecrackers fill the air.
One remarkable aspect of Ape Awurudu is the unity it fosters among different ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese and Tamils, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Muslims all come together to celebrate this auspicious occasion, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. It is a true testament to the diversity and harmony that exists in the island nation.
One of the most exciting customs during Ape Awurudu is the Avurudu Kumari, where a young girl is chosen to represent the spirit of the new year. She dresses in a traditional costume and carries a tray of auspicious items symbolizing prosperity, and her arrival at homes is believed to bring blessings for the year ahead.
Another highlight is the 'kotta pora' or the traditional games that are played during this time. These games not only provide entertainment but also strengthen the bonds between family members and neighbors. The competitive spirit runs high as people participate in activities like tug-of-war, pillow fights, and coconut-scraping contests.
The Ape Awurudu celebration video link provided captures the essence of this beautiful occasion. It is heartwarming to see children taking part in these traditions with such enthusiasm and joy. Their laughter and excitement are infectious, reminding us all of the importance of preserving and passing on our cultural heritage to the next generation.
As we watch the video and reminisce about our own Ape Awurudu celebrations, let's remember that this cherished tradition is not just a new year's celebration; it is a bridge that connects us to our roots and strengthens the bonds of love and unity within our families and communities. Ape Awurudu truly is "Our New Year," a time to come together, celebrate our diversity, and welcome the future with hope and happiness.
So, let's continue to embrace the spirit of Ape Awurudu and pass down these beautiful traditions to the generations to come, ensuring that our New Year remains a time of love, togetherness, and cultural richness for years to come. Happy Ape Awurudu to all! 🎉🪔🌾
- Author: IIPE Team
- Date: 22 Sep 2023
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