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Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 18:12
Auspicious times for the New Year
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Preparations for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year are taking place , giving priority to traditional rites and rituals as New Year dawns in less than 24 hours.

The auspicious time for the dawn of the new year is 2.04 tomorrow morning.

 The time for religious activities or Nonagataya dawns at 7.40 this evening and ends at 8.28 tomorrow morning.

Astrologers have stated that all work cease during this period and people  engage in religious activities.

The auspicious time for preparing food falls at 5.41am tomorrow.

Astrologers recommend wearing gold attire ; lighting the hearth whilst facing north,  and preparing milk rice mixed with ghee and juggery.

They also recommend adding aggala and another few sweat meets as part of the first meal for New Year.

Consuming food, exchange of cash and beginning work should be performed at the auspicious time 7.05am tomorrow.

Astrologers prescribe to wear white and blue colors and begin work, exchange cash and consume food looking at the direction of North.

The auspicious time for anointing oil falls at 11.04am on April 15th.

Recommended dress for anointing oil is blue and oil should be anointed looking at the direction of North while sitting on Karanda leaves and holding Nuga leaves on the head.

The auspicious anointing should be prepared mixing sesame oil and extracts of Nuga leaves.

The auspicious time to leave for work for the New Year falls on April 17th.
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