Organiser Aruna Jayasuriya (front) with other community members celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year at the Gladstone Community Hub.
Organiser Aruna Jayasuriya (front) with other community members celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year at the Gladstone Community Hub. Brenda Strong

Rain didn't dampen spirits on Sri Lankan new year

RAIN may have hindered the playing of traditional games outside on Sunday as the Sri Lankan community celebrated its new year, but it couldn't dampen spirits.

The event, held at the Gladstone Community Hub, was brimming with colour and joy.

Attendees donned traditional Sri Lankan dress and enjoyed a traditional breakfast with milk rice and sweets. It is the third year in a row the event has been held in Gladstone.

Organiser Aruna Jayasuriya said the New Year, signifying a fresh beginning, was an important cultural celebration and one of the main opportunities for the tight-knit Sri Lankan community to come together.

"Everybody is hoping for a good year," he said. "We are definitely happy with the turn-out."

Mr Jayasariya said most of the children of Sri Lankan parents were born in Australia, so it was a good chance for them to experience traditional celebrations.

"They really enjoy it," he said.

About 25 Sri Lankan families live in the Gladstone region.



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