The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns today and most of the traditional auspicious times are scheduled for this evening.
Folklore researcher Mahinda Kumara Dalupotha stated that the New Year observances commence with the Sun entering the asterism of Aries.
The New Year will dawn at 7:20pm today while the Punya Kalaya is scheduled from 12:56pm to 1:44am tomorrow.
The auspicious time for preparing meals is at 7:42pm today.
Starting work, engaging in the first transactions of the New Year and partaking in meals is scheduled for 10:28pm tonight.
Meanwhile our correspondent in Hambantota stated that the festivities in the area are centred on the Carlton House in Tangalle.
The auspicious time for the Hindu tradition of anointing oil in the New Year is scheduled for this evening.
Our reporter in Vavuniya also reported of preparation being made in the district.
Meanwhile, reporters in the hill country, Puttlam, Matale, Anuradhapura and Nuwaraeliya also reported of the festivities taking place around the island.