Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations at the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney
Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year on 15th April 2018 at the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney with a section of Sri Lankan University students including Australian Award scholars studying in Sydney.
Sri Lankan flag was flown in the historic Royal Botanical Gardens overlooking Opera House and the Habour Bridge, iconic landmarks of Sydney. Consul General Mr Lal Wickrematunge welcomed the gathering highlighting the importance of celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in unison and invited the guests to enjoy the wide spread of traditional sweets, performances and the array of new year games.
Ms. Varuni Wickermasinghe and Mr Dushan Ranasinghe from the University of Sydney performed a New Year song while Ms Ishi Yogya from the Western Sydney University performed a folk song. All the guests took part in Aurudu Games including musical chairs, identifying the special guest, lime and spoon race, blindfold feeding, musical hats and tug o’ war.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney University and members of the community were also present. Last year as well the Consulate General celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year with the Sri Lankan University students which offered them a platform for networking.
The main community Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration “Sunfest” was held on 14th April 2018 organised by the Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Inc with other community associations including Sri Lanka Association and Austra-Lanka Muslim Association. Consul General participated as the Chief Guest and the Consulate General conducted a stall to provide information about the consular services, travel and trade in Sri Lanka.