The New Rice Festival of Vavuniya has been held on a grand scale.
The festival was organized by the Madukanda Agrarian Centre in Vavuniya. The festival was held on grand scale at the Sri Dalada Vihare in Madukanda. The Ven. Muwaetagama Ananda Thera conducted the religious observances. In this festival, the first part of the maiden yield obtained from paddy cultivation in the last Maha was offered to Gods. It was not possible to hold new rice festival in Vavuniya in the past due to terrorist activities. However the farmers claim that they can now join in holding this festival in freedom following the peaceful environment prevailing in the country.