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New Year on grand scale

Apr 14, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Countrywide celebrations are to be held on an unprecedented scale to mark the Sinhala and Hindu New Year. For the first time in three decades, the North and the East have joined in the festivities with the dawn of peace. Reports coming in from the provinces confirm brisk shopping and enthusiastic preparations for festive activities. A large influx of tourists has seen almost full occupancy in holiday resorts countrywide. In addition to the holiday revelry in the hilly town of Nuwara Eliya, holiday makers are also heading to the North and the East. In Colombo a mass of Avurudhu shoppers were busy doing their last minute buying while milling crowds thronged the Central Bus Stand (CBS) and the Fort Railway Station to take them to their far flung villages to celebrate the first National New Year in post war Sri Lanka. There was an air of freedom and leisure in the air as the large masses of Avurudhu shoppers engaged in a buying spree sans fear and tension of the past where terror lurked in the city.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/04/13/news01.asp