Kavum eating contest in the village, 2010.
Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year everyone. I’m going back to the village and taking a break from blogging. Everybody’s taking a break from everything really. I’ve heard Avurudu called the revenge of the rural on the city – all the domestics and laborers go home and city people have to sweep their own floors. It’s also a nice check out and refresh holiday. I’m heading out.
Poya, Avurudu, these are all good things. Perhaps Sri Lankans check out too much, but it’s better than not enough. Avurudu’s not a commercial holiday or a gift holiday (tho you do get gifts), in my memory it’s a going to the village, eating, playing games and sleeping holiday. New clothes, new times, new turn of the clock.
I must say, this past year has been full of change, I’ve seen my share of death, loss and regret. I like to think it’s part of a process and that the stars have changed. My best wishes to you and yours. Happy Avurudu.
I’m taking a few days off blogging btw. Off electricity even. For a photo post from a past Avurudu in the village, check here: Sri Lankan New Year (Photos)