Astrologically, the New Year symbolizes the transition of the Sun from Pisces to Aries.
Sighting the new moon fell on Friday, the 8th April and bathing for old year falls today.
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns at 7.48 PM while the Punya Kalaya begins at 1.24 PM and ends at 2.12 AM tomorrow.
The auspicious time for lighting of the hearth and preparing meal falls at 8.06 PM. The tradition of transacting and consuming the first meal of the New Year is to be done at8.54 PM.
Anointing oil in the New Year is at 10.41 a.m. on the 16th and the auspicious time of leaving for occupations falls on Monday the 18th at 6.27 AM.