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SLAF Celebrates Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival at SLAF Base Katunayake

Published on: 2013-04-19 17:39:02
SLAF Celebrates Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival at SLAF Base Katunayake
The main New Year Festival of the SLAF was celebrated at SLAF Base Katunayake on 19th April 2013 with the SLAF Seva Vanita Unit and SLAF Base Katunayake in collaboration creating an attractive site to depict a traditional village. The village comprised of the Arachchi Walawwa, Raa theberuma, Kopi Kade, Dandukada, Veebissa,Wedagedara, Bull with Thirikkale, Attalaya, Siphala and a traditional well. The Arachchi and other key personalities of a village were clad in traditional dresses and acted as villagers giving the participants at the event a glimpse of the traditional customs in village during Avurudu.     

The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal HD Abeywickrama graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The Arachchi received the Commander and the other distinguished guests at the Arachchi Walawwa and the event was launched after the lighting of traditional oil lamp. The Chairperson of SLAF SVU Mrs. Neelika Abeywickrema, Members of the AFBM, the Base Commander SLAF Base Katunayake Air Cdre DLS Dias, Officers, Airmen and Civilians attended the event along with their family members.

Traditional New Year games and a variety of activities were organized and the winners of these events were awarded prizes and gifts. The finale for the day was Sigithi Avurudu Kumaraya & Kumari events and the same event for the adults attracted the interest of those present at the New Year Celebration.

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