Experience the new beginning
The Sinhala Tamil New Year, often referred to as Aluth Avurudda, is an immensely important and widely embraced cultural festival. It serves as the culmination of the harvest season and the commencement of a fresh astrological year. Notably, this festival is cherished and celebrated by both the Sinhalese and Tamil communities, the two largest ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.
The celebration encompasses a diverse array of customs and activities, from the vibrant spectacle of soaring kites to the captivating performances of traditional dances and music. Amongst the various traditions that have been passed down, the lighting of the hearth holds special significance. It brings families and communities together in a whirlwind of festivities.
From sprucing up homes with colorful decorations to crafting mouthwatering traditional dishes and sweets, the spirit of togetherness fills the air. As the anticipation builds, exchanging heartfelt gifts and warm greetings with loved ones adds a special touch to this season.
This festival occurs annually in Sri Lanka, typically in mid-April
The climax of this remarkable celebration arrives as the sun moves into the astrological house of Aries. It’s a moment of spiritual significance, known as the Punya Kalaya. Here, you’ll find a blend of religious and cultural activities.
It’s a time when positivity and hope reign supreme, making the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year an unforgettable experience in the heart of Sri Lanka.
Established in 1949, the SOS Children Village Foundation stands as the world’s largest non-profit organization committed to nurturing orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children. Their multifaceted approach, spanning family support, medical care, education, and emergency assistance, positively impacts the lives of countless children and families.
Ceylon Roots is devoted to bolstering this cause by sponsoring the education and well-being of 10 children each month. Our aspiration is to progressively increase the number of sponsored children while also offering valuable exposure to those youngsters aspiring to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
Embracing our rich cultural heritage and the profound influence of Buddhism on Sri Lanka’s cultural fabric, Ceylon Roots proudly presents the ‘Buddhist Roots’ project.
The island’s connection to the teachings of The Buddha has shaped it’s identity and inspired the creation of temples and statues that embody our faith. However, the passage of time has left some of these rural temples in neglected states, depriving them of the rightful care they merit.
With unwavering dedication, we have undertaken a vital commitment to revive and sustain temples island-wide. Through providing essential support for upkeep, nourishment, and sustainable living conditions, the aim of the Buddhist Roots project is to help ensure the lasting prosperity of these sacred sites.
By joining hands with us, you are not only contributing to their well-being, but also getting the chance to explore these sites and personally experience the rich authenticity of Sri Lankan Buddhism.
In a dynamic effort to combat deforestation and bolster environmental conservation, we proudly present to you, the ‘Brown Roots’ Project, launched on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2017, undertaken in collaboration with Browns Tours. Working closely with relevant authorities and organizations, including Sri Lanka Forest Reserves, we stand united in preserving and enriching the beauty of our island home for generations to come.
As part of our unwavering dedication, we have pledged to plant a tree for every traveler who embarks on a journey with us, and since its inception, the ‘Brown Roots’ project has already seen the planting of over 3000 trees in the central province of Sri Lanka by the end of 2018.
Our resolve remains resolute, and with your invaluable support, we endeavour to further elevate this number in the years ahead. Join us in nurturing the very roots of nature’s grandeur.