Traditional New Year celebration with a difference
Sri Lanka Army
troops in the East began
celebrating the traditional
Sinhala and Tamil New Year with
a difference this year.
According to Army media, troops,
in coordination with the 'Wana
Arana Foundation' and members of
the Veddah (indegenous)
community took part in a '
Bakmaha Ulela' held near the
Hennanigala tank on Wednesday
The events of the day saw many unique traditional
games of the indigenous Vaddah community being held together with other
The 'Wana Arana Foundation' is dedicated to preserve
age-old indigenous traditions, rites and rituals, customs, ancestral
links and all related information to their heritage for posterity.
A highlight of the day's events was the launch of the
Foundation's website by the Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh
Senanayake and the Veddah Chief, Uruwarige Wannile Ettho.
A Veddah youth, Thalawarige Punchi Banda who managed
to raise eye brows at the recently concluded Ironman 70.3 Colombo
triathlon race by finishing 53rd out of the 3000 athletes, including 870
foreigners from 63 countries who took part in the first ever such race
in South Asia, was honored with an appreciative gift from the Army
Commander who also gave the undertaking that he would be recruited to
the Army Volunteer Force and afforded best athletic training to reach
The full day programme saw a large attendance of
traditionally attired, with bow and arrow et al. members of the Veddah
community that attracted TV coverage by the national channel, Sri Lanka
Gifts and prizes were also presented to those who had
won competition at the end of the day's events.