Arrived in Bangkok

Arrived in Bangkok in the early morning of the 22nd!
What an impulsive city! Reminds me a bit of Tokyo.
Skyscrapers, traditional Buddhist monasteries, paddy fields, highways, sky trains – modernity meets the past.

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Reunion with Sarvodaya – Leaving Sri Lanka

Left Sri Lanka on the 21st of April!


I had a wonderful week celebrating Awurudu (Sri Lankan New Year) for the first time in my life, having a very sentimental reunion with my father and the Sarvodaya organisation.
I learned to appreciate little things in life and how to have a smile on m face in every situation
Having some nostalgic feelings when my father showed me his old training pitch at the Galle Fort!
And one thing I definitely experienced over here is that I have great friends and relatives!
Thank you Sri Lanka! බොහොම ස්තුතියි!
Next stop: Bangkok and then Phra Puttabat, Thailand

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Blessed by an elephant close to Matara

Close to Matara I was blessed by an elephant on the 17th of April. I had to crawl three times under his belly to be blessed for the Sri Lankan New Year.
Blessed by two holy elephants this year: In Hampi and Matara.
Must be a good sign:)

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Katharagama – the pilgrimage after new year

On the 15th of April my father, myself and my auntie and uncle from Milan made a pilgrimage to the city of Katharagama. This city was build by the ancient kings and inherits a huge stupa. The reason for the masses of pilgrims are the shrines close to the stupa where God Shiva is worshipped as well as the God of Katharagama. As it was the first day of Sinhalese and Tamil New Year Hindus as Buddhists come likewise to ask for a fortunate new year. We could watch a marriage procession where also reliques of the shrines were presented.
Anyway a very spectacular event.

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Happy Sri Lankan New Year! – Celebrating Avuruddu

සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!

I wish all of you a very prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year! May all your wishes come true!
Very happy to have celebrated it on the 14th of April for the first time in my life in Sri Lanka.

Between 01.30 am and 11.05 pm no actions were allowed as it is the ancient time between the years.

At 10.30 the first fire was lit to cook the new year’s milk rice.
And at 11.05 the new year’s banquet was launched 🙂
A good start into the new year!

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Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna & Galle – Sri Lanka’s South before New Year

Arrived the South of Sri Lankan on the 14th where they celebrate the New Year enormously!
Had a nice boat trip to discover the corals (and a sea turtle)of Hikkaduwa and saw how Kavum is made by Gamini uncle’s wife. In the evening we then went to Padmini auntie’s home in Unawatuna to celebrate Sinhala New Year the next day.
My first Sri Lankan new year over here, very exited 🙂

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