A Vap Magul ceremony was held to carry forward traditional customs that are entwined with the paddy field, threshing floor, and the harvest. A ploughing ceremony was held with the involvement of elephants.
The Vap Magul ceremony was held at Deliwala in the Kudagama paddy field in the Sabaragamuva Province under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, and Maheepala Herath. Elephants, oxen as well as tractors were used for ploughing. Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena stressed that people will inevitably fall ill if chemical fertilizer will be continuously used.