A Happy & Prosperous Sinhala & Hindu Sri Lankan New Year to All

Sinhala & Hindu Sri Lankan New Year 2018 UK Auspicious Times

Auspicious Times (According to British Summer Time); Special Blessings Celebration with traditional customs and food at Letchworth Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Cultural Centre on Saturday 14th April. All are welcome!
Sri Lankan Sinhala & Hindu New Year 2018

Auspicious Times for Custom & Performances (Summer Time)

A very Happy & Prosperous Sinhala & Hindu

Sri Lankan New Year 2018 to all!


  (Auspicious times are in accordance with British Summer Time. London Sun Rise: 6:08 and Sun Set: 19:55)


Auspicious Times (British Summer Time):

Dawn of Sir Lankan New Year in London:  Saturday 14th April at 08:17AM



Punya Kalaya (Sacred Period): Saturday 14th April at 01:53AM till 02.41PM


Sacred period (punya kalaya) for Sri Lankan New Year 2018 starts in London on Saturday 14th April at 01:53AM. According to the tradition, you must stop work and finish taking meals before the "punya kalaya (secred period)" begins. Cookers are to be put out and the regular activities are to be terminated before this time (Saturday 14th April at 01:53AM).


Sacred period (punya kalaya) is allocated for two different and very important reasons. First part of Sacred period (punya kalaya) (e.g soon after the dawn of New Year first Six and half hours) is allocated to perform religious and spiritual activities. Second part of the Sacred period (punya kalaya) (last six and half hours) is allocated for the traditional customary activities mentioned below such as preparing meals, taking food, transactions and starting work.




Preparing Meals "Ahara Peseema": Saturday 14th April at 10:44AM Facing North Dressed in Blue colour

Lighting the cookers for New Year is at 10:44AM on Saturday 14th April. Auspicious direction is North and Auspicious cloth is blue colour. Prepare a "Kiri Bath" from rice mixed with ghee and jaggery (sharkara) and sesame seeds (tala).

                          

Ahara Anubhavaya (Taking food), ganudenu kereema (Transactions) & Weda Alleema (Starting work): Saturday 14th April 11:57AM Facing North

Taking food for the new year is on Saturday 14th April at 11:57AM. Auspicious direction is North and auspicious cloth is blue colours. Followed by that custom, it is customary to do transactions and start work ambitiously and auspiciously with firm resolutions for a prosperous and healthy new year.

                                                          

Anointing Sacred Oil "Hisa Tel Geema": Saturday 14th April at 02:34PM Facing South

The Auspicious time for Hisa Tel Geema (Anointing Sacred Oil) is on Saturday 14th April at 02:34PM. Auspicious direction is South and Auspicious cloth is white colour. It should be performed with imbul leaves for the head and nuga leaves for the feet.


You are kindly invited to the special New Year Blessings ceremony at Letchworth Dhamma Nikethanaya Buddhist Cultural Centre on Saturday 14th at 2PM Blessings.

Setting out to Work "Reki Raksha Sadhaha Pitathva Yema": Monday 16th April at 06:07AM Facing East

It is customary to make an ambitious setting out for work for the New Year. Auspicious time is for setting out to work is on Monday 16th April at 06:07AM. Auspicious direction is East and Auspicious cloth is yellow or gold colour.


NOTE: It may be slightly inconvenient to follow auspicious times given for "preparing Meals", Taking Meals", Transactions and "Starting Work due to geographical or personal circumstances. It is important to note that other than the Astrological importances of such principles, it is incredibly important to take serious considerations of unique cultural significances to celebrate Sri Lankan Sinhala & Hindu New Year customs based on unity (doing at one time) and cohesion (family and social togetherness). So let us take firm determination to be in solidarity, at least within the 2nd half of "punyakala" (sacred period) irrespective of where we live in Sri Lanka or London or any other part of the world.

Auspicious times are from Scotland Buddhist Vihara




 


 


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