Mar 31, 2018

Celebrate Avurudu in the big city with ‘Sooryabhishekaya’

It is the season of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year and in a bid to usher festivities to the city of Colombo, the ministry of Megapolis and Western Province development is organizing a mega New Year festival - ‘Sooryabhishekaya’.

The one-day event will be held at the Independence Square and Independence Arcade from April 08 morning. The 'Avurudu Uthsavaya' will be held from 7.00am - 5.30pm at the Torrington Grounds. It will be followed by a cultural festival from 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Independence Square and a musical extravaganza from 8.30pm - midnight at the Independence Arcade.

To obtain divine blessings, the traditional ‘Kap Situweema’ was held recently at the independence square under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Megapolis - Champika Ranawaka and Deputy minister - Karu Paranavithana.




b6951d989bcec6abf58319a73e823e30 L‘Sooryabhishekaya’ will feature a host of traditional games and entertainment events.

The winner of the ‘Mahanagara Avurudu Kumariya’ contest will be entitled to a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 while the first and second runners up will receive cash prizes of Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively. Meanwhile, the winner of the ‘Mahanagara Avurudu Kumaraya’ contest will be entitled to a cash prize of Rs. 60,000 while the first and second runners up will receive cash prizes of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 40,000 respectively. Those who secure 4th place - 10th place in both contests are also entitled for cash prizes.

Applications for the ‘Avurudu Kumariya’ contest, ‘Avurudu Kumaraya’ contest are now being accepted. (Click here to download applications of ‘Avurudu Kumariya’ and ‘Avurudu Kumaraya’ contests.)

In addition, click to obtain applications for the cycle race and Puraseriya Marathon.

The event, which aims to create awareness on the New Year traditions among the youth, will also feature traditional games of the festive season.

For further information on games and races, please contact :
Umendra‍ - 071 1 140 000  / Tulshi - 071 5 562 971

For information on stalls, please contact Mahendra on 077 22 79 118 / 0775 78 75 78.

The festival will also feature a musical show featuring popular artistes such as Bhathiya - Santhush, Umaria Sinhawansa, Nirosha Virajini, Uresha Ravihari, Ishaq Baig, Amitha Wedisinghe, Susil Fernando, Suneera Sumanga. Music will be led by Mahesh Denipitiya.