President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the inauguration, also attended by minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who organized the festival, and deputy minister Karunaratne Paranawithana.
The festival’s morning activities comprised mainly the traditional sports events and were participated by Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims who came from across the country.
In the evening, a fireworks display and a cultural extravaganza by 1,200 artistes was inaugurated by speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
A musical show thereafter was opened by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The event is considered the most colourful New Year event in Colombo in recent times.