Holidays in Sri Lanka

We got a bank statement in the mail today, and in it, there were two pocket calendars that show all the holidays on the one side. Damn, there are a lot of holidays here.

Poya days I know about, even though I didn’t know exactly when they were until they happened. But there were a few in here that surprised me.

One being May Day. May 1st. What the heck?

What is the point in celebrating May Day?

Back to Encyclopedia Brittanica. It’s surprising how useful it’s become. It says, "in medieval and modern Europe, holiday (May 1) for the celebration of the return of spring. The observance probably originated in ancient agricultural rituals, and the Greeks and Romans held such festivals."


And they talk about fertility rites and other such things. Oh goody. Let’s get all pagan about it, shall we?

Tamil and Sinhalese New Year is the 13th of April. Cool. I’m used to Ukranian Christmas and New Years, and Chinese New Years, so now I have the added pleasure of a Tamil and Sinhalese New Years. If I was the type to drink and get plastered and generally pardy hardy, that would give me four New Years with which to party with a vengeance. Since I’m not, I guess that means I’m stuck at home watching that blasted lit up apple descend four times. This year.

Whatever. Off to bake that damn cake now.

Author: LMAshton

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