“We do Christian and Buddhist things at the same time, we go to church on Christmas, then do New Year Sri Lankan stuff.”
What do you normally do for New Years?
“On New Year we eat sticky rice because it’s for good luck and then for New Year you pray to your elders and like kneel and pray. I think that’s Sri Lankan.”
The informant was unaware of specifics to the New Year celebration, there were specific consistent features of the celebration for him. When asked about the importance of the holiday to him, the informant states that it is an important family event. While traditionally celebrated on April 13th or 14th, Aluth Avurudda, also known as Sinhalese New Year, is celebrated similarly to how the informant’s family traditionally celebrates.
It seems that among many cultures celebrate a form of celebration for the New Year. They also seem to share similar ideas of the cleansing effect of the new year. Many of the new year celebration involve rituals for the new year that are to bring good luck.