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Tamil and Sinhala New Year.

Tamil, Sinhala New Year celebrations in Jaffna is one of the biggest events of every year. This Festival is celebrated by the local people in high Holiday spirit. People used to spend lavishly for to buy new clothes for them, their family and to their close relatives during this New Year festival season. Religious events too take place in Hindu and Buddhist temples on these days. Large number of people used to attend these pooja events. In the evenings sports related events used to take place, where visitors too can participate. In the night times there used to be large scale music shows too will be organized by TV, Radio Stations and by local sports clubs.

Tamil, Sinhala New Year in 2019.
13th April 2019.
14th April 2019.

Tamil, Sinhala New Year festivals used to be held by the second week of April. Tamil New year won't be started as of English New Year at 00:00 hours; instead its birth time will be celebrated according to the Tamil astrology calculations. Poojas will be held at this auspicious New Year birth time in all the Hindu temples. After the poojas worshipers will be provided with sweet rice in small amount.

During these New Year days most of the business and offices will be closed as it is official Government holiday too. As a visiting tourist make sure that you will have enough water and food supply during the New Year festival time from your guest or room providing hotel management. Many hotels celebrate this event with fun games and provide their guests with Sri lanka's traditional sweets and short eats. Most of the Tamil Hindus' used to visit the local Hindu Temple at the auspicious birth time of the New Year.

Public transport used to be in operation but in less numbers while all the Government institutions and schools will be closed Most of the public places go deserted in these days and less vehicles used to be on the roads.. Trains will operate as normal but will be with large number of passengers who want to reach their homes for the New Year festivals.

Actually from April 11th to April 16th April the roads will be deserted and there is much things for you to do around the towns except the villages where people used to organize popular sports events related to the Tamil and Sinhala New Year. You can witness bullock cart races, bicycle races, Marathon, pillow fight, volleyball, cricket and foot ball matches tug of war with rope pulling, and many more events that are special for Jaffna.

As a tourist travelling in Jaffna, during this festival days you too can participate in the local games with the people. If people offer you sweets accept them, as all of them are freshly made ones. But make sure you don't eat any hot chili foods as they serve them too.

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