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Cultural IYC2011 Event: Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebration

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on Feb 23, 2011   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): UNESCO, College of Chemical Sciences, Ministry of National Heritage, Sri Lanka Tourism

This cultural celebration will be held at the Folk Art Centre (Janakala Kendraya) at Pelawatte, Battaramulla, on 3rd April 2011 from 9:00am to 8:00pm. The entire programme will be especially focused on the cultural values and harmony among communities. Demonstration of chemistry of traditional foods is one of the activities.

(Text by: A. M. Jayasekara, Programme Officer, IYC 2011 National Secretariat Sri Lanka)

The United Nations has declared the year 2011 to be designated as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) to celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contribution to the well being of the mankind under the theme ‘Chemistry-Our Life, Our Future’. The IYC National Secretariat of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (the Adhering Organization in Sri Lanka for IYC), has organized a series of events with a view to achieving the objectives and goals of the IYC 2011 with the cooperation of relevant organizations. The first event of the series, the Trade Fair and Exhibition- ‘CHEMEX 2011’  held at BMICH from 27th to 30th January 2011 under the sponsorship of UNESCO, Maliban Manufactories Ltd, Unilevers , Lakehouse and ITN was successfully concluded with the participation of over 200,000 school children, industrialists and the general public.

As the second event of the series, the National Secretariat has planned to conduct Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival “Avurudu Asiriya” with a variety of entertainment activities for all age groups including young children and kids. Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim communities will be invited and the events will be arranged to enable all of them to enjoy together.  This cultural celebration will be held at the Folk Art Centre (Janakala Kendraya) at Pelawatte, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka on 3rd April 2011 from 9.00am to 8.00pm. The entire programme will be especially focused on the cultural values and harmony among communities. All the staff of this Institute, staff and students of the College of Chemical Sciences and the members of other relevant professional bodies in Sri Lanka, foreign tourists and a selected crowd are to be invited.

Some of the events scheduled are, Model of a traditional Sinhala home, Model of a traditional Tamil home, Demonstration of Sinhala and Tamil Avurudu traditions, Preparation of traditional Sinhala and Hindu foods, Sinhala and Tamil dramas, Games and contests, Musical programmes depicting Sri Lankan culture, Preparation of traditional Avurudu sweetmeats, Sinhala and Tamil traditional dances and folk songs, Traditional Avurudu sports, ‘Avurudu Kumari ‘contests, Children’s programmes and kiddies entertainment activities etc. , and demonstration of chemistry of traditional foods.

In addition to Sinhala and Tamil languages, most of the events will be conducted in English language too. Under the “Visit Sri Lanka 2011” campaign of the Government, the theme for the month of April is ‘People and the Culture’. Therefore, our cultural programme will be a great opportunity to contribute to the fulfillment of the theme for the month and thereby, increase awareness of the cultural values of Sinhala and Tamil communities among foreign tourists too. As the “Avurudu Asiriya”  programme will consist of a variety of traditional Tamil and Sinhala cultural activities, arrangements will be made to telecast the event during 12th to 13th April 2011. 

Topic: celebrating chemistry, educational materials, hands-on activities, demonstrations, competition Audience: professional chemists, students


N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara | Apr 20, 2011 05:31AM

Our special thanks are due to Sumitha Prakashakayo (publishers) Kalubowila , Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, for granting permission to publish the colored pictures taken from the the book, Surya Mangallaya written by Prof. J.B.Dissanayake, Drawings by : Mr. Ariyasiri Kodituwakku. 


N.M.S.Hettigedera MSc (Nutrition), C. Chem F.I. Chem (SL),FRSH (UK),R.Nutr, R.D. Chartered Chemist

Chairman   Steering Committee, YC 2011, National Secretariat Sri Lanka, Asst. Suptd. of Police

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