A significant festival in Sri Lanka, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April is celebrated with much pomp and fanfare.

The New Year Festival marks the end of the agricultural harvest and the rains. There is greenery everywhere – fresh leaves on trees, flowers in bloom, vegetables and fruits in plenty. The whole island takes on a festive mood as people prepare for upcoming celebrations with traditional rituals, cleaning homes and making New Year sweetmeats to begin the New Year on a joyous, positive note.