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2017 Avurudu (Sinhala New Year) Auspicious Times In The U.S.A. (Eastern Time Zone).

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.


Dawning of the 2017 New Year will be TODAY,
Thursday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].

Cooking Kiribath: Thursday (TODAY) again, April 13th at 8:11pm (5:41am in Sri Lanka on the Friday.]


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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2017 Sinhala New Year (Avurudu) & Good Friday On The Same Day, April 14 — First Time Since 2006.

by Anura Guruge



Friday, April 14, 2017.

Sinhala New Year (Avurudu) & Good Friday.

Happened last in 2006.

And before that in 1995, 1933, 1922, 1911 …

Sinhala New Year, more or less always straddles April 14 — though it can sometimes start on April 13 depending on auspicious times.

Good Friday only falls on April 14 IF Easter Sunday falls on April 16 — as it does this year.

About 8% of us Sinhalese are Christians.

The New Year is a secular, cultural holiday independent of religion.

So the Sinhalese Christians will celebrate it alongside their Buddhist brethren. 

Since 1777 this has happened 11 times NOT counting 2017.

Next time this will happen will be 11-years from now.


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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Sinhala New Year (Avurudu) 2017 Is This Friday: And As Ever I Give Kapruka Cakes A Free Plug.

by Anura Guruge


Delivering products in Sri Lanka since as long as I can remember.

Click to access ‘Kapruka.com’.


Fancy and supposedly delicious cakes,
albeit only delivered in Sri Lanka,
has always been Kapruka’s justifiable
claim to fame.

They keep on getting fancier each year.

Here are some of the 2017 offerings.


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

This Friday (Sri Lanka time),
April 14.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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My “Cousin” Upali With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During His Visit To D.C. On February 13, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


upali

Click to ENLARGE.


OK, just for the record he is not my real cousin though he is definitely considered very much family. He has been in the family for over 35 years, ever since he was 12. He lived with my parents for a long time.

He has worked in D.C. Embassies since 1992 — starting when my father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to D.C.

He now works for the Canadian Embassy (and loves it).

This picture was taken Monday afternoon at the Canadian Embassy and includes some of the support staff.

It, as proclaimed by the seal at the bottom, is an official, ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ photograph. So, I think it is very much public domain — though Upali sent it to me and said it was ‘OK’ to post. I blurred out the other faces out of a surfeit of caution — given today’s sad climate.

Just thought it would be cool to share.


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