The tradition of anointing oil for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year was scheduled today.
According to astrology, it was advisable to anoint the juice of nuga leaves on the head at 7.08 this morning while standing on karanda leaves with nuga leaves hanging over one's head.
The person being anointed with oil was advised to be facing the South while the recommended colour of dress was blue.
The state ceremony of anointing oil took place at the Natha Devalaya premises of the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne.