No different is the celebration of VISHU, which takes place today, and is of great significance for HINDUS as it marks the Astronomical New Year Day.
Full of colourful rituals and customs, most of which are based on the belief that Vishu must be celebrated well as the good things of the first day New Year will continue for the rest of the year too.
Celebrations including a grand saya (feast) are prepared by the women of the household. Sitting down to a meal of jackfruits, mangoes, pumpkins and other such delicacies, new clothes are worn and fire crackers are burst in the midst of dancing to mark the day.
Whilst a group of young men and women dress up, wearing skirts of dried banana leaves and masks, they go from house to house, dancing and collecting small amounts of money which is spent at the Vishuwela (New Year Fair).