The Sri Lankan community in Abu Dhabi celebrated traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 29 March 2019.

Sri Lanka Cultural Foundation under the patronage of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Abu Dhabi organized the New Year Celebrations for the 6th consecutive year and event was attended by more than 3000 Sri Lankans.

Celebrations commenced with hoisting of the national flag by Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy Mr. Sabarullah Khan, which was followed by singing of the national anthem.

The event provided an immense opportunity for Sri Lankans living miles away from their motherland to sense the beauty of Sri Lankan traditional customs and rituals. Participants took part in traditional Awurudu games which included pillow fight, placing the eye on elephant, tug o’ war, fancy dress parade, ‘Awuudu Kumara & Kumariya’ contest etc.

Delicious traditional ‘Kevili’ and other foods were served at the event.

Abu Dhabi Friday School also celebrated the New Year with the participation of Children, teachers and the parents of Abu Dhabi Friday School at the Embassy premises on 05th April 2019.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Abu Dhabi

08th April 2019