Avurudu Neketh Seettuwa (the document containing the auspicious times for the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year) was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 11) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.

In keeping with the tradition, this was handed over to the President by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, S. B. Nawinna and the Secretary to the Ministry D. Swarnapala.
The Avurudu Neketh Seettuwa includes the time of the dawn of the New Yera, non-auspicious period prior to the dawn of New Year and the auspicious time for cooking meals, exchanging money and to partake first meal of the New Year, anointing oil and leaving for work.
General Secretary of the SLFP Minister Duminda Dissanayake and the Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya were also present at this occasion.