Your Lazy But Smart Guide To The Sinhalese & Tamil New Year

Sinhalese Tamil New Year - Lazy But Smart Sinhala

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Some of you may already know this and some of you may not:

There is such a thing as the Sinhalese & Tamil New Year! And it’s one of my favorite holidays!

I missed out on it for 13 years when I lived in Monaco, but since 2013 I’ve been fortunate to be in beautiful Sri Lanka to celebrate it!

But before anything, first a big “thank you” to Leticia, a subscriber who joined our little tribe, for her question that gave me the idea for this post.

Now, my objective for this post was two-fold:

  1. Summarize the most important “need-to-know” points of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year (and yes, I’m the one who decided what was important or not. That’s the kind of authority I have around here…); and
  2. Relate it to our main objective, which is learning Sinhala

And the following is what my brain and I came up with…

(And in case you were wondering, in the photo above, that’s the hand gesture we make when wishing someone. Also, I’m wearing the official national attire of Sri Lanka – It’s super-simple but still super-elegant, don’t you think? Makes even people like me look like decent human beings).


Structure Of This Post

Sinhalese & Tamil New Year Structure-10

There could be differences…

In everything I’ve explained below, there could be some differences between how the Sinhalese and Tamil people celebrate the new year. It could also differ from region to region. The following is based purely on my own experience having grown up in the heart of Colombo city.


Shall we start then?

Alright, I know that around 90% of you just want to know how to wish your Sri-Lankan “someones” in Sinhala. And since I don’t like to keep anyone waiting longer than they need to (sort of the golden rule since I hate being kept waiting myself) I’ve started with that in Section 1.

Section 1:

Wishing Someone Happy New Year in Sinhala

1.1 How to say NEW YEAR in Sinhala

New Year a∙luth   auw∙rudh∙dhȧ 1
Sinhalese New Year sin∙hȧ∙lȧ   a∙luth   auw∙rudh∙dhȧ
Sinhalese & Tamil New Year sin∙hȧ∙lȧ   haa   dhé∙mȧ∙lȧ   a∙luth   auw∙rudh∙dhȧ 2

My Little Notes:

1 Word explanations: a∙luth = “new”; auw∙rudh∙dhȧ = “year”

2 Word explanations: haa = “and”; dhé∙mȧ∙lȧ = “Tamil”

1.2 Wishing Someone HAPPY NEW YEAR in Sinhala

“Happy New Year!” su∙bȧ   a∙luth   auw∙rudh∙dhak   vḗ∙wa! 3
“Happy New Year to you and your family!” o∙yaa∙tayi   o∙yaa∙gé   pauw∙lȧ∙tayi   su∙bȧ   a∙luth   auw∙rudh∙dhak   vḗ∙wa! 4

My Little Notes:

3 Word explanations: su∙bȧ = “happy/prosperous”; auw∙rudh∙dhak = “a year”; a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak = “a new year”; vḗ∙wa! = “May it be”

4 Word explanations: o∙yaa = informal “you”; o∙yaa∙tȧ = “to you”; o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tȧ = “to your family”; o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi = “to you and your family”.

Also note: This how you’d wish someone familiar to you (to learn more about informal “you” see Episode 1 of the Video Tutorials)

1.3 Responding to someone who wishes you HAPPY NEW YEAR in Sinhala

“May the same be (for you) too!” é∙sē∙mȧ   vḗ∙wa!       
“May the same be for you and your family!” o∙yaa∙tath   o∙yaa∙gé   pauw∙lȧ∙tath   é∙sē∙mȧ   vḗ∙wa! 5       

My Little Notes:

5 Word explanations: o∙yaa = informal “you”; o∙yaa∙tath = “to you too”; o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tath = “to your family too”




All You Need To Know About The Sinhalese & Tamil New Year


2.1 When is it?

  • Usually falls on the 13th or 14th of April (see update below for this year’s dates & times). The date is based on a specific movement of the sun, from an astrological point of view.
  • Therefore, it doesn’t start at midnight but instead at a time decided by the astrologers.
  • Interestingly, there is also a time gap between the end of the old year and the start of the new year.
  • Although I’m not 100% certain, I also heard that the sun is directly above Sri Lanka during this time. Probably correct, considering how these days, bitching about the heat seems to be the favorite pastime of many a sweaty-foreheaded Sri Lankan (present company included).
  • It’s a public holiday and most people go back to their hometowns to spend it with their families. It is celebrated by most Sri Lankans, not necessarily only the Sinhalese & Tamil people.
  • There are load of “auw∙ru∙dhu” sales that take place in almost every store so it’s busy time for shopping.


2.2 Traditional Sinhalese & Tamil New Year Rituals

The following rituals are all done at a predetermined favorable “auspicious” times, determined by astrologers.

  • Lighting a traditional oil lamp
  • Lighting the hearth and boiling milk in a pot
  • Making “milk-rice” (more on this in the next part below)
  • Eating traditional food items at a specific time (usually facing a specific direction – This year it’ll be south)
  • Exchanging token amounts of money or gifts between family members


Related Sinhala Words & Phrases:

Auspicious time næ∙kath   vé∙laa∙vȧ       
Boiling the milk ki∙ri   i∙thi∙ree∙mȧ       
Exchanging gifts ga∙nu   dhé∙nu       
Hearth / Stove li∙pȧ       
Lamp pa∙ha∙nȧ       
Lighting the lamp pa∙ha∙nȧ   path∙thu   ki∙ree∙mȧ       
Milk ki∙ri       


2.3 Traditional New Year Food


Milk Rice

We’ve already mentioned “milk rice” in the previous section. This is rice cooked in coconut milk.

Here’s what it looks like:


kiribath - sinhalese tamil new year

Milk Rice (“kiribath”) prepared by my “Mother Dear”
(Click to enlarge)

Milk Rice ki∙ri∙bath 6

My Little Notes:

6 Word explanations: ki∙ri = “milk”; bath = “rice”



But in addition to that we also make a whole range of “sweetmeats” (as they are called).

These are usually made of spices, jaggery, treacle, coconut, and some of them are fried.


rasa kaevili - sinhalese tamil new year

New Year “Sweetmeats” purchased by Awesome Father specifically for this post
(Click to Enlarge)


The word for “sweetmeats”:

Sweetmeats ra∙sȧ   kæ∙vi∙li 7

My Little Notes:

7 Explanation of words: ra∙sȧ = “tasty”; kæ∙vi∙li = “eats” (noun)

Come “auw∙ru∙dhu” day, it’s quite common for everyone in our neighborhood to visit each other with a platter of sweetmeats like the above. I’ll be waiting impatiently at the gate.


List of Some of the Popular “Sweetmeats” (Click image to enlarge):

kaewum - sinhalese tamil new year kæwum       
mung kaewum - sinhalese tamil new year mung   kæwum       
kokis - sinhalese tamil new year ko∙kis       
aasmi - sinhalese tamil new year aas∙mi       
athirasa - sinhalese tamil new year a∙thi∙ra∙sȧ       
paeni valalu - sinhalese tamil new year pæ∙ni   va∙lȧ∙lu 8

My Little Notes:

8 Word explanations: pæ∙ni = by itself it means “honey” but as an adjective it usually means “sweet”; va∙lȧ∙lu = in this instance it means “hoops” but it can also mean “bangles”


2.4 Traditional New Year Festivities & Games

Various Sri Lankan communities, companies, associations, both in Sri Lanka and abroad organize social gatherings during the New Year.

This type of event is called an ‘awu∙ru∙dhu u∙lé∙lȧ’ (or ‘awu∙ru∙dhu uth∙sȧ∙vȧ∙yȧ’) and is for everyone in the family. There are also special games organized (which are called ‘awu∙ru∙dhu sél∙lam’) and here are just some of them:

  1. Climbing the grease pole
  2. Breaking clay pots blindfolded
  3. Bun eating competition
  4. New Year Prince & Princess
  5. Pillow fighting
  6. Tug of War
  7. “Pancha Keliya”
  8. Pushing each other on swings (while singing special verses)
  9. Lighting firecrackers
  10. Playing a special type of drum (while singing special verses)



Happy Sinhalese & Tamil New Year To Each Of You!


Listen folks, I need to say something before ending this post…

I’ve got to know most of you very well. And you’ve repeatedly expressed how much you love my country, Sri Lanka. So, as far as I’m concerned, you’re all honorary Sri Lankans, and therefore this New Year is also yours as much as it is ours.

So celebrate it with your loved ones and remember to wish them in Sinhala.


Random fun pic taken between the “posey” ones.
Couldn’t think of a better way to end this post.

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327 Responses to Your Lazy But Smart Guide To The Sinhalese & Tamil New Year

  1. Sarah H April 12, 2014 at 09:10 #

    Thank you so much for this. Sounds amazingly good fun (may I have a copy)
    I am due to visit Sri Lanka in 3 months for a 4 week touring / Volunteering venture with a colleague
    We’re being made redundant so thought it would be amazing to do something totally different when we’ve left employment. Leaving my kids behind will be tough but I’m so looking forward to visiting your wonderful country – and being able to learn the lingo (even just a little bit) will certainly make the trip even more special.
    As a result I’d like to know a couple of things…
    How to interact with the children (phrases to use etc) as we’ll be teaching English (or at least attempting to)
    There is a possibility we’ll be staying at someone’s house instead of the volunteer house (we’re older than the rest of the gang on this adventure!) – I’ve read it’s traditional to take a gift with you to present to your host… If so what would you recommend?
    Kind regards. Sarah

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 09:19 #

      Hi Sarah, sorry to hear about you being made redundant but I admire you for what you’ve decided to do with your time! That’s really wonderful and I’d be glad to help you out with your requests.

      Regarding the interaction with kids, I’m the complete non-expert when it comes to them… (I recently greeted a one year old toddler with the question “How’s life?” – true story!). Perhaps it would help me if you could email me all the appropriate phrases you can think of and I’ll translate them for you.

      For a gift, perhaps something for the house? Maybe a type of ornament/souvenir from your country. The more it is linked to your country/culture, the better I think it would be.

      Just now emailed you the PDF. Take care and thanks for the comment.

      • Sarah H April 14, 2014 at 21:02 #

        Love the pdf – thank you
        Are you looking to do an audio version of the poem / verse? – to ensure I get the pronunciation correct

        As for the child thing… good morning children / good afternoon… if you have any games / songs that are popular, or even translated ‘english’ versions of popular nursery rhymes etc would be helpful…


  2. Jessica Ford April 12, 2014 at 09:15 #

    Hi, Dilshan!

    I’d love a copy of your games PDF, especially because my sinhalese fiancé’s birthday is on the 14th–so maybe we’ll try to do one of the games with my family :).

    Thank you!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 09:23 #

      Hi Jessica, wow, his birthday is on the 14th? His family must love that since it’s considered a special/auspicious day.

      I’ve just sent you the PDF. 10 games to choose from. Let me know which one you guys decide on :)

  3. Thomas April 12, 2014 at 09:16 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    that’s a great idea – thanks’s a lot for this introduction. Only a few minutes ago I’ve send
    out my greetings to my Sri Lankan friends in english, but now I can do it again in the sri lankan way of doing it :-).
    Enjoy your celebrations and all the best for you – I will be back in Sri Lanka in july and I’m really curious how much my learnings in sinhala will surprise my friends.
    Take care and greetings from Germany,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 09:29 #

      Argh… I was one day too late for you. Anyway, like you said, I think you can still follow up your wishes in Sinhala (and throw in some of new things you learned about the traditions). That ought to surprise them quite a bit!

      I’m sure we’ll speak again before your trip in July. Plenty of time for you to learn more Sinhala.

      All the best and thanks again for the kind wishes.

  4. Rachel Louis April 12, 2014 at 09:21 #

    Hey Dilshan,
    Good job :)

  5. Anne April 12, 2014 at 09:51 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Every time I decide to give up learning Sinhala one of your blogs arrives and gives me the encouragement to carry on. Would love to receive the games PDF.

    Subȧh aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 10:06 #

      Haha, what timing!

      Thanks for the wishes, Anne.

      Check your inbox in a couple of minutes.

      Take care.

  6. Annie (Wasana) April 12, 2014 at 10:33 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Please may I have your pdf of games. Thank you so much! Your work is great! My Sinhala name is in brackets as nobody could pronounce it! I was brought up in the UK without the language (sad). I am now living and working in New Zealand. I actually met another Sri Lankan lady today! Yay! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! THE PHOTOS ARE FAB!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 10:45 #

      Hi Annie (a.k.a. Wasana) :)

      I used to have a similar issue with my name “Dilshan” (only 2 syllables, mind you) when living in Europe and many would say “That’s a difficult name”. I later found a solution though. Whenever someone would say it’s difficult I’d look surprised and say “Really? You’re the first person to say that”. Needless to say, they ‘miraculously’ never forgot my name after that, haha.

      Thanks for the positive feedback on this post. I quite enjoyed taking the photos myself. Somewhere in me there’s a food photographer wanting to get out…

      I just now sent you the PDF. Hope you enjoy it. Take care.

    • Kay April 13, 2014 at 21:50 #

      Hi Annie (Wasana) Where abouts in NZ are you? I am married to a Sri Lankan, and we live in Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland. Love to meet you if you are in the area. I also have family in Hamilton (but kiwis, not Sri Lankans)

  7. Laura April 12, 2014 at 10:58 #

    Hi Dilshan! First of all: congrats on the T20 (pretend I linked “We are the champions”: it will sound a lot more epic). Secondly: nice sarong! (It’s a sarong, right?). And now …

    Happy new year to you too! Hope you’re having fun with the preparations for the celebrations (those sweets look absolutely mouthwatering btw).
    Just a little something: the first time I tried using a rice cooker, the rice turned out all sticky and wet (on my behalf I can say that, in Italy, we do not use rice cookers at all …) and my boyfriend said something like: “I didn’t knew we were having kiri bath today”, so I knew about that particular dish (which, I think, it’s eaten with luny miris right?).

    There’s no need to say I’d really like to have the supplement …
    Great job, take care!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 11:24 #

      Hey Laura, great to hear from you again.

      Thanks, yes, we’ve been celebrating the cricket since last Sunday. Maybe it’s my imagination but everyone seems to be walking a little more upright than usual these days :)

      Let me tell you, those sweets didn’t last that long after the photo! My parents and I ate almost all of them within minutes. And the sweets has been made just hours before so they were “fresh fresh”. Need to get more. And then need to jump straight onto the treadmill!

      That’s funny about the kiribath. Yes, it’s eaten with lunu miris. Or it can be eaten with sugar. But I have it both at the same time and perhaps even add some chicken curry. I don’t think I’m the only one who does that though (hope not or I just outed myself as a complete weirdo!).

      You’ve been such a loyal subscriber that I most likely would’ve sent you the supplement even if you didn’t specifically ask for it :) I’m sending it now.

      Take care Laura and thanks again.

      PS: For me the rule I follow with the rice cooker is “for 1 cup of rice, add 1.5 cups of water”. Worked every time, even for larger amounts.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 11:44 #

      And yes, it’s a sarong. (in Sinhala, that would be “sa∙rȧ∙mȧ”). Got the whole outfit stitched specifically for this post, not kidding. What dedication, eh? :) Bye for now.

      • Abhay Chilakamarri April 12, 2015 at 15:42 #

        Hey Dilshan! How are you?

        Your blog has honestly helped me a lot in my attempt to learn Sinhala, and to continue learning more can I get that PDF?

        I will also interestingly enough be doing some type of celebrations on the new year as well because my brother’s birthday is on the same day!

        p.s: sorry about Sri Lanka not making it far in the World Cup

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 04:48 #

          Hi Abhay, glad to know that my blog has been helpful. Thanks for sharing that with me.

          Will send you the PDF now. Oh, and do wish your brother an advanced “happy birthday” :)

  8. Sarah April 12, 2014 at 11:21 #

    Hi Dilshan – honestly, I originally signed up for the PDF of useful phrases etc (not a huge fan of blogs!). However, yours has changed my life! I love reading it and you’ve helped my Sinhala no end! My Sri Lankan friends are always impressed… and I obviously take all the credit! ;-)
    Would love a copy of the games PDF when you get chance.
    Thanks as always! :-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 11:34 #

      Hi Sarah,

      I know what you mean about blogs in general. I try to make mine a little more interactive, fun, and just simple, really. But I never thought I’d hear someone say that it changed their life! :) I’m flattered.

      “My Sri Lankan friends are always impressed”. That’s music to my ears! Well done. Oh yeah, I wouldn’t mention my secret source of a language either :) I’d just keep my friends looking dumbfounded for as long as I can.

      Thanks again for your comment…Regarding the PDF I’m hitting send in 3… 2 …1…

  9. samma samadhi bhikkhuni April 12, 2014 at 11:30 #

    Living in a temple here in Sri Lanka I don’t think I’ll have t
    the chance to play any of the games :-(

    but I’d still like to know for interest’s sake. So, yes,
    please could you send me a copy of the PDF too…..

    Thank-you, and happy Sinhala new year to you!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 11:40 #


      Of course, I’d be happy to send you the PDF (regardless of whether one participates in it or not) :). You should receive shortly.

      I’m sure in the community that your temple belongs to, there must be such social events organized. I hope you will get the opportunity to witness it.

      All the very best to you and thank you for the kind wishes.

  10. කොරින් April 12, 2014 at 12:42 #

    Good morning Dilshan,

    Happy New Year in advance, thank you very much for this post. I’d love to have the documents.

    I’ve been lucky enough to be in Sri Lanka many times during New Year… I’d be standing right nex to you at the gate and fight with you over the sweetmeats.

    Bonne fin de semaine et bonne année.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 13:02 #

      Merci Corrine!

      99% of the year, I believe I’m a gallant gentlemen. But on awurudhu day, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my sweets. So, challenge accepted; See you at the gate! :)

      I’m sending you the PDF now. Merci encore pour les voeux. A bientôt Corrine.

  11. Sarah April 12, 2014 at 12:49 #

    Hi dilshan! Love all the posts and videos. My hubby is using them to teach our kids and I a bit of Sinhala (he’s Sri Lankan). Pretty excited about this one – we were in Sri Lanka last year for the new year and got to be part of all the celebrations. Lookin forward to receiving the PDF of the games. Thanks again for this site!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 13:06 #

      Hi Sarah, thanks for the lovely comment. Always makes me happy when I hear that my material is being used to teach kids. Makes Uncle Dilshan feel very proud of his work.

      Oh cool, so since you’ve seen the celebrations most of what I’ve written must sound familiar to you.

      PDF is on the way. Reaching there soon.

      Take care and thanks again for the comment.

  12. Mahak April 12, 2014 at 12:51 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    Hope you are doing well? and having fun in Sri Lanka
    Happy New Year to you. :)
    I am gonna try finding some of the sweets in UK they all look tasty
    Could you please send me the PDF i would love to learn more about the new year.

    Also I feel something is wrong with the post; or maybe its just my computer but when I press of the audio file of the pronunciation for some reason it doesn’t play.

    But anyway I really appreciate you writing down information about Sri Lanka :) It really does help me learn

    Thank you

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 13:15 #

      Hi Mahak,

      Thank you for the wishes and your appreciative words. And yes indeed, I’m doing well and absolutely having fun in Sri Lanka. Hope things are good with you too?

      I’m sure there’ll be a Sri Lankan store in the UK that’s selling these sweets right now. It might be more expensive than over here, but still might be worth it. I remember that during my time in Europe I would pay a lot of money for something Sri Lankan that you’d get for real cheap over here. Helped ease the homesickness :)

      I just now re-tested this post using Mozzila Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari, and the audio works perfectly on all of them. Which browser are you using?

      In the meantime, I’ll send you the PDF.

  13. Samantha Green April 12, 2014 at 13:15 #

    Subȧh aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa! Dilshan

    Loved the blog and the photos , Its my 2nd New Year here as a resident but last year I had only just arrived on the 11th so it was a bit of a blur. I am most looking forward to the kiribath & lunu miris and least looking forward to the firecrackers

    Would love the games PDF please



    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 13:27 #

      Hi Samantha! ésēmȧ vḗwa!

      Thanks for the feedback, happy you liked this post.

      I am such a scaredy cat when it comes to lighting firecrackers and therefore avoid it entirely (even if my brother and cousins ridicule me for it). Call me crazy but I don’t like things where the best case scenario is you hear a loud noise and the worst case scenario is you end up with less than 10 fingers :)

      For anyone reading this comment, please do check out Samantha’s Dogstar Foundation (just click on her name above). They seem to be doing some great work in Sri Lanka.

      Take care Samantha and enjoy the celebrations! PDF is being sent as we speak.

  14. Cass April 12, 2014 at 14:12 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Please excuse my absence recently! I’ve been moving, and trying to find a job, and generally trying to be a productive member of society.

    Anyway, please could you send me a copy of the PDF?

    Also, as always, I have a couple of questions… is the Sinhalese New Year only relevant to Buddhist Sinhalese? Most of my Sri Lankan friends are Catholic (being from Negombo) and they celebrated New Year on 1st January (I remember learning subha aluth aurudhak wewa at the same time as the Christmas subha nathalak wewa). Also, I have not heard any mention about New Years celebrations thus far from any of them, and I recalled that I only really heard about it from my Buddhist Sri Lankan / Sinhalese friends.

    Next, on a completely unrelated note, do you have trouble pronouncing the soft ‘th’ sound, as in ‘bath’ and ‘both’? I often hear it from my Sinhalese friends as ‘baht’ and ‘boat’, and now I pronounce kiribath as ‘kiri-baht’, it matches closer to the way my friends pronounce it.

    Thank you so much for everything!

    P.S. When I first had aasmi in Sri Lanka, the following conversation ensued:
    Me: “What’s this called?”
    Them: “Aasmi.”
    Me: “I did ask you…”
    Them: “No – aasmi.”
    Me: “Ok… what’s it called?”
    Them: “Aasmi! A-A-S-M-I.”

    I guess it just goes to show how thick I can be at times!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 15:16 #

      Hi Cass, yes indeed, long time no see! Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on.

      Ok, let’s clarify. Almost everyone in Sri Lanka celebrates new year on January 1st. That’s a given. However, Apr 14th might be more embraced by Sinhalese Buddhists, but at the same time, I know many Sinhala Catholics who also celebrate it (maybe not all of them?). At least this has been my observation.

      I had an American friend at uni who would try his best to get me to pronounce “three” using the soft “th”. I thought I was doing it perfectly. He thought I wasn’t :) But if you listen to the way I’ve pronounced kiribath above, that’s how most people over here would pronounce it, so you can’t go wrong with it. But I’m quite sure I don’t say “baht” and “boat”, haha.

      Hope that answered your questions?

      The aasmi dialogue is hilarious. It belongs in a sitcom!

      I’ll send you the PDF now. Take care Cass and was good to hear from you again.

  15. Chamila April 12, 2014 at 15:14 #

    Hello Dilshan!
    I’m new to your blog, in fact it’s the first one I’ve subscribed to. I’m a Sri Lankan but came to the US when I was 6 and unfortunately it pains me to say I have forgotten my native tongue :( My Amma with the best of intentions only spoke English to my brother and me as we were growing up to help us learn English as we knew none and somehow along the way went astray from our original language. Anyway, to make long story a little less long :) I just visited Sri Lanka(was there 2 weeks in March) it had been 15 yrs since I was there last and needless to say it was awesome! Our country and our people are so beautiful! Seeing my family was wonderful but not being able to communicate in Sinhala kills me, so I’m determined to learn it. I found your blog searching google for ways to learn Sinhala. I think it’s great!! I’m going to send the link to my brother and also get my husband on it as he wants to be able to speak it too by the next time we visit. Sorry, blabbing…to get to the point of me leaving a comment, please may I have a copy of the PDF? Also to say thank you for taking up this task, I have to agree with your other subscribers, it’s an awesome thing you’re doing! Hopefully I can surprise my family with what I’ve learned so far, my mom especially. (who btw is there for another month and getting to enjoy the new year festivities. I’m going to tell her & my Aso mama to look up your blog as well)

    I look forward to learning more! Many thanks and wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 19:36 #

      Oh wow Chamila, that’s a very touching comment. Thanks for taking the time to tell me your backstory, I appreciate it as it really helps me get to know you better.

      I’m thrilled that you find my blog so helpful; thank you for the kind compliments (and thanks so much for spreading the word amongst your family!).

      I always love hearing about my subscribers who learn Sinhala from here and then surprise their family members with this new-found knowledge. So, please! Let me know how they react, ok? :)

      Of course I’ll send you the PDF. How can I not after such a lovely comment? It’ll be there soon. Take care and thanks again!

  16. Tim April 12, 2014 at 15:43 #


    Great idea with the New Years lessons. I had so much fun watching the fireworks in Sri Lanka when we went down South for a few nights over New Years. They would shoot off rockets that where supposed to go up in the air but somehow would misfire and head directly for the cabana. It was so funny to watch, from a very safe distance.

    You are doing a great job and congratulations on getting back to Sri Lanka.

    Funny enough my name takes on quite a different flavor in Sri Lanka. Ive alway been fine whatever they call me as long as its nit late for dinner.

    Tim (Thim)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 19:47 #

      Hello “Thim”…

      I know exactly what you mean about the “sky rockets” (called ‘a∙has koo∙ru’ in Sinhala). They have a mind of their own, don’t they?! I grew up in the city, right opposite a shopping/apartment complex. And one of the sky rockets we aimed elsewhere when directly into somebody’s apartment! As teenagers, we found that hilarious but today I realize it could’ve turned real bad…

      Thanks for the encouraging words. I appreciate it.

      You didn’t really ask for the PDF, but I’m sending it to you anyway, ok?

      Thanks again Tim.

      • Tim April 12, 2014 at 22:14 #

        Excellent, I definitely wanted it. The games are very interesting, some familiar. I cant wait to ask some friends about these next time I’m there during New Year, see if i could get them ti climb the greased pole. Hiw common is the song at the end? Would it be like a notmal folk song that most are familiar with ir sang as a child? It would be a fun one to work and get it diwn pretty good, I’m sure it would be impressive.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 07:23 #

          The raban padhaya at the end is VERY common and many would be familiar with it. I assure you. This is why I chose this particular one. Have fun with it. Let me know how it goes.

  17. Demi April 12, 2014 at 16:27 #

    Ah! Thanks for this!
    Really wanted to be there this year but I guess God had different plans!
    Hopefully next year, or whenever in this life I am there for the new year I will always revert back to this post!
    Thanks a lot! Bohoma Isthoothi! Ayuubowan!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 19:50 #

      You’re very welcome Demi. Thanks for your little comment, much appreciated. Fingers crossed for next year! I’m not planning on taking this post down anytime soon so now worries :) Take care.

  18. peter kocsis April 12, 2014 at 16:42 #

    Hi Dilshan! Thank you for the new informations and I wish you a happy new year! I would be happy to receive the info about the games!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 19:53 #

      Hi Peter, great to hear from you. Thanks for the wishes. ésēmȧ vḗwa!

      I’ll be emailing you the PDF in the next 15 seconds :)

  19. Sanka Dilshan April 12, 2014 at 17:01 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I was thinking how to teach Sinhala to my Australian wife. I was looking for alphabet and simple words etc. one day I googled Sinhala Flash Cards and this site popped up. I had a look and I was over the moon. Very informative and easy to learn. She LOVES IT. I had to correct the accent and that’s it. She is doing grate thanks to you. Please keep uploading more and more video tutorials as she finds it very easy to understand and she loves your style. And I would love a copy of this as well. She is very eager to learn new things about our culture and the country so this will be very helpful. Thank you again :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:00 #

      Hi Sanka Dilshan,

      First of all, my compliments on the great name you seem to have :)

      But seriously though, thanks so much for your comment. It really is wonderful for me to hear how my material is being made good use of. It’s very rewarding.

      Will be sending you the PDF now. Thank you once again for your kind message and please convey my best regards to your wife too.

  20. Aravind April 12, 2014 at 17:04 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you so much for this latest update, i was so excited when I received word about this in my email. I look forward to learning more Sinhala from you. Keep up the awesome work!

    Bohoma Isthoothi!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:07 #

      Hey Aravind, it’s awesome to have motivated readers like you on my blog. Thanks for the comment and all the best with your Sinhala learning!

  21. Elizabeth April 12, 2014 at 17:27 #

    Hello Dilshan

    I would love to receive the PDF thanks. I had a lots of Buddhist friends back in
    Sri Lanka. Since I am a Roman Catholic my B. friends never forget to send my share of
    the sweetmeats at this time of the year. I really miss being in Sri Lanka.

    I wish you a Very Happy Sinhala New Year & also wish you a safe journey.

    This is the time even adults turn to kids, as far as I remember. Enjoy the fun.

    Oh I forgot to say- How handsome you look in the Sri Lanka National Dress.
    An honest son of the most beautiful country in the world.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:13 #

      Hi Elizabeth, always making me blush, aren’t you? Thanks for the compliment:)

      And yes, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. Now that I’m here, I’m going to make a conscious effort to go visit parts of Sri Lanka that I’ve never been to (embarrassed to say that there are many such places).

      And finally, thank you for your new year wishes. oyaatath ésēmȧ vḗwa! Talk to you again soon. Will send you the PDF now.

  22. Ingrida B April 12, 2014 at 17:31 #

    Just a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around…
    May the new year add a new beauty and freshness into your life.
    Happy New Year :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:14 #

      Oh wow! Probably the most poetic comment I’ve seen today :) Thank you Ingrida!

      • Ingrida B April 13, 2014 at 19:48 #

        Thanks to you helping us in learning sinhala Dilshan

  23. stewart April 12, 2014 at 18:52 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Glad that you are able to be in Sri Lanka for the New Year’s celebrations. Wishing you and your family a prosperous and peaceful New Year. Would love to receive your pdf of the 10 traditional games. Would love to share them with our Sri Lankan friends when we visit again next January. Love the last picture on your blog above!!!! Ayuubowan

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:19 #

      Hi Stewart, thank you for the kind new year wishes. I wish you all the very best too.

      Glad you liked the picture. Truth be told, I too enjoyed the whole preparation behind it.

      I’ll be sending you the PDF right now. Thanks again for your comment. Speak soon.

  24. John April 12, 2014 at 19:12 #

    I love your blog, Dishan, and your ariyasinhala suit. Feel free to correct my spelling!

    May I have a copy of your games PDF, please.

    Subȧh aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa in advance.

    All the very best.

    PS I am greedy for kokis

  25. John April 12, 2014 at 19:14 #

    Sorry, I meant Dilshan!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:26 #

      Aw, you beat me to it! Haha. You mentioned “Feel free to correct my spelling” and I was going to say “Well, let’s start with the spellings of my name then…”. But you corrected yourself so I missed my chance.

      You won’t believe that this afternoon someone we know brought over some homemade kokis and I came to the conclusion that they might be the best kokis I’ve tasted yet. I don’t think I’m helping your craving by going on about this so I’m sorry, I’ll stop. :)

      Sending you the PDF now. Take care John.

  26. Andrea April 12, 2014 at 20:35 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    seems I am going to visit Sri Lanka one week too late! Sounds to be big fun this New Years event. Fantastic idea to post a blog about this topic! Of course I want to have the sheet about the games.

    What would we all do without you? When I first searched for some help to learn Sinhala in the internet i did not expect to find such an interesting, funny and didactically well made website.

    If you ever create a website on theoretical physics I will follow you. ;)

    I wish you and your family a Happy New Year


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:44 #

      Hi Andrea, thank you for a lovely comment! It’s very moving for me to hear such great feedback about this little blog of mine. All I can say is thank you, I am honored.

      Also, thank you for your email from earlier today. I will reply it immediately when I’m finished with this comment and send you the PDF too.

      Excellent! I’ve been planning on adding a second blog but I just couldn’t think of a niche… Now, if you give me 15 years to learn theoretical physics, I’ll be ready with my blog, haha. Back when I was working at the hedge fund, I had 2 colleagues who were theoretical physicists. Watching them discuss work together was like watching a cantonese movie with arabic subtitles for me…

      Talk to you again in my email.

  27. Sergius April 12, 2014 at 22:10 #

    Dearest Dilshan!
    i always enjoy your lovely and very useful lessons. They were so helpful to me while traveling across Sri Lanka this year. This was my second time on the amazing island. And a part of my communicational success is a part of your good job.
    Thank you from my heart for your very nice mission!
    Sergius, your student from Russia.
    Subha aluth awuruddhak wewa!
    Budu saranai!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 07:16 #

      Hi Sergius, thanks for your heartfelt comment. I’m glad to know that my material was helpful during your trip. I honestly think that a big part of success in communication is from the person communicating the new language because you need courage to use what you’ve learned. So, well done!

      Thank you for the new year wishes. ésēmȧ vḗwa!

  28. Todd Lawrence April 13, 2014 at 00:07 #

    Hello Dilshan. Hope all is well with you and you enjoy the New Year. My wife and I just returned from Sri Lanka. As expected, it was a wonderful country. The people were very hospitable and the food was amazing.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 07:26 #

      Thank you Todd, yes, all is good with me. Nice to hear that you had a good time over here. Yeah, I know the food is pretty awesome, especially around the present time. The main reason why I’m staying out of the kitchen… Thanks again.

  29. Stuart Pool April 13, 2014 at 03:18 #

    I thought I was replying quickly, but there are already so many comments!

    Have a great new year and thank you for all the useful new year information. Just in time!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 07:30 #

      Hey Stuart, good to hear from you again. Yeah, my guys and girls are pretty quick, eh? :) Believe me, I’m always astonished at the support. I can never get used to how great they’ve been.

      Thanks for the wishes and all the best to you too!

  30. Julie Jalawadi April 13, 2014 at 03:19 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Happy New Year.
    I would love a copy of your games if you can send them. I really enjoy your emails and I thank you for all the work you put into them.

    Julie Jalawadi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 07:33 #

      Hi Julie, thanks for the new year wishes. oyaatath ésēmȧ vḗwa!

      And thanks for your appreciative comments, you’re very welcome.

      Please check your inbox in the next couple of minutes. A PDF heading your way. Thanks again for your comment Julie.

  31. Heather April 13, 2014 at 03:47 #

    Hello Dilshan,
    Thanks for the blog and your wonderful pictures… when I was in Sigiriya ONE paeni velalu was all I ate all day when climbing the rock! It was wonderful; I could do anything!! Then came the sugar crash….. But I am still here today to enjoy learning Sinhala and looking forward to my return to Sri Lanka! Supa alut arhudhak veva!! Oh, and it is SO cool! N. America gets to enjoy a full lunar eclipse that night!! P.S. will you send PDF please?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 08:00 #

      Hi Heather, my Sinhala-movie-loving friend! :)

      Glad you liked the pictures. Haha, yeah those paeni valalus are have like a billion calories in them I’m sure.

      Just this morning I read about the eclipse and I had to look up the word “umbra”. I *think* I know what it means now. I heard that you guys will have it for over an hour.

      Sending you the PDF now. Thanks for your comment!

  32. Murat April 13, 2014 at 08:56 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Great stuff as always – very interesting, informative, easy going and entertaining! Even if I am too busy I can’t resist holding my breath and taking a bit of a dive in your every mail and posting. Thanks for the great job you do! I wish you never get tired doing this. And, of course, it goes without saying that I will very much look forward to getting your games pages. So much appreciated and oyaate suba aluth auwurudhdhak vewa!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 11:48 #

      Hey Murat, that’s kind of you to say, thank you. Glad you’re enjoying my work so much. I’m quite passionate about it so doesn’t seem likely that I’ll get tired of it soon :)

      Sending you the PDF now.

      Thanks for the new year wishes. oyaatath ésēmȧ vḗwa!

  33. අංක April 13, 2014 at 09:24 #

    ඔයාටයි ඔයාගේ පවුලටයි සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා
    Warm wishes for a prosperous Sinhala New Year!
    It’s very cool you guys use the same expression for both new year celebrations – lazy but smart, hahaha! :-D

    Thank you so much for your helpful and enjoyable posts! I would also appreciate the pdf bonus…

    Best wishes from Anke

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 11:59 #

      bo∙ho∙mȧ is∙thoo∙thi Anke! o∙yaa∙tath é∙sḗ∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!

      Yes, well spotted! It is indeed the same expression used.

      Will send you the PDF now. You should receive it soon.

      Thanks again for your enjoyable comments (as usual) :)

  34. joelle April 13, 2014 at 09:28 #

    hy dilshan
    I would love to receive the PDF.
    Thank you so much for this. I am going to visit Sri Lanka on july in a Volunteering mission with children. it will be intersting to learn some games.
    happy new year.
    joelle ghattas. lebanon

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 12:07 #

      Hi Joelle, sure, I’ll send you the PDF now. That’s great that you’ll be visiting Sri Lanka. I wish you a memorable experience.

      Thanks again for your comment and I’ll talk to you again soon.

  35. Dilshari April 13, 2014 at 12:26 #

    HI brother Dilshan
    Hiw is sri lanka without me lol ??? And your family and fiancé?
    I hope you are fine .
    Jaime toujours autant ton blog et tes blags ;-) ton humour:-D don’t change!!!!
    I hope I can still get a copy on my email for the games .
    Miss sri Lanka
    happy new year to you and family bless this new year and I hope all your dreans will come true

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 16:06 #

      Salut Dilshari, comment-vas tu?! Ca fait un moment, non? Hope you’re well.

      I’m fine, thank you very much.

      Thanks for the nice words. I will send you the PDF now.

      I’m sure if you ask Sri Lanka, she will say that she misses you too :)

      Thanks for the wishes and happy new year to you too!

      Take care Dilshari.

      • Dilshari April 16, 2014 at 21:21 #

        Coucou hoooo je vois que tu n’as pas oublié ton français ! Sorry not to come for few weeks J’ai été tellement occupéeeee ! I just passed my code test for the car and I am practising now soooon Je marcherai plus vite que mon ombre lol ;) Puis je prépare des tests de niveau to get to a course for september so buzzy maman is really busy !!!!! I will start my singhalese in june after all the exams done ;)))
        Send my Love to our beautiful île Tell her not to cry I will come before shes too sad ;) My regards my friend xxx and thanks for the pdf I will read with attention .

        • Dilshari April 16, 2014 at 21:24 #

          when I say so buzzy maman is because I got kids sorry for my englishhhh ;)

  36. Kodi April 13, 2014 at 12:27 #

    Hi, Dilshan,

    Great email, as usual. Hope all is well with you and your loved ones.

    Please email a copy of you 10 New Year Games.

    Bahoma estuti.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 16:09 #

      Hi Kodi, yes, all my family and I are fine, very kind of you to inquire. Hope you’re well too.

      Sending you a copy right now. Enjoy!

  37. Jean-Jacques April 13, 2014 at 12:40 #

    Une bonne annee singhalaise … Oui je suis interesse – yes I’m interested in receiving you PDF bonus.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 16:14 #

      Bonjour monsieur Jean-Jacques! How are you? Hope well.

      Merci pour les vœux. Allow me to say “ésēmȧ vḗwa!” to you and your family.

      Sending you the PDF bonus right now. Take care.

  38. Shagerina Tilakasiri April 13, 2014 at 13:08 #

    Hello Dilshan !

    Suba Aluth Auwrudhdhak Vewa!

    Here we’ll usually have mung gedi (easier to store them in a bottle :P). Peni valalu is something new for me. Is it something like kokis? I guess you forgot to show your readers pictures of sini sambol/ katta sambol that goes best with kiri bath. Let them drool hahaha

    Have a great new year!

    p.s – What’s up with the pose? Lol!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 16:59 #

      Ah, Shaggy nangi, kohomadha? :) ésēmȧ vḗwa!

      Paeni valalu is very similar to the indian sweet “Jalebi”, which I’m assuming you get over there, right? BTW, just now added a “note” to the paeni valalu explaining the words, in case you’re interested. See above.

      Yes, didn’t think of the seeni sambol, katta sambol, nor the lunu miris. Maybe next year I’ll update this post with photos of those.

      The pose? Which one? The first one or the last one? In any case, they’re both works of art… haha.

      Take care Shaggy and have a great new year!

      • Shagerina Tilakasiri April 13, 2014 at 17:19 #

        Bohoma Istuthi Dilshan Aiya ! :) Mame Hondhin Inwa

        Yes, in here we call it Jalebi. Hehe…I was referring the last pose.

        Awesome job again. Will reply to your e-mail soon again. I am supposed to be helping my mom with konde kavum but instead im stuck here with school work. :(

  39. Tatiana April 13, 2014 at 15:09 #

    Thank you for interesting and helpful information, Dilshan.
    Happy Sinhalese & Tamil New Year!

  40. Julie April 13, 2014 at 15:24 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    u wooow….
    I love your new blog – and according to soooo many comments I am not the only one! Thanks so much for it. As you might remember I am always interested in your additional cultural lessons. It gives a great idea of language in context.
    I loved your pictures this time so much. Hehe, the picture of yourself in this samara as well as this wonderful food picutures. As you integrate your familiy into your blog indirectly (mothers Kiri Bath…), my familiy and friends are integrated into my reading of your blog by new words, new tellings about this language and culture.
    It remindes me to make the kiri-bath once more. I also love the lunu miris as a really hot thing to it.
    I have never tried to make the sweets so far. But it seems that I should do that… they look wonderful.

    No question, Dilshan, that I ask you for sending me your announced additional games. I would be happy about them. I’d try them all out :-)

    I guess, the New-Years events are starting slowly…
    so first I want to wish you a very good, happy and successful New Year. Let it start great, and may it become a wonderful year for you.

    Best wishes

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2014 at 17:11 #

      Hi Julie, as usual, a very sweet comment. Thank you! I’m happy that you’re relaying the cultural info about Sri Lanka to your family. And yes, I certainly remember that you’re a big fan of the cultural side of Sri Lanka.

      Ha, glad you like the photos too. About kiribath, back when I was child, my mother had this tradition of making this for breakfast on our birthdays. So this dish has many wonderful memories attached to it.

      You should definitely try making the sweets and then send me the photos of it, ok? It’s not as simple as making kiribath but still doable. Just wondering if you can find some of the ingredients over there.

      Will send you the PDF right away.

      Let me also end by saying thank you for your sincere wishes. I hope it’ll be equally successful and happy for you too.

      Take care Julie.

  41. Lulu April 13, 2014 at 18:41 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Merci pour tes excellents articles et merci également à Mother Dear et à Awesome Father ! Comme d’habitude, tes articles sont très utiles et amusantes, et je sais tout le travail que tu fais pour nous. Bonne année à vous tous !

    Oyatayi oyagé pauwlȧtayi subȧ aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 10:59 #

      Salut Luminita! Comment ca va? Merci pour ton message tres gentil. Je vais passer ces mots à mes parents aussi. Honnêtement, oui, il y avait un peu de travail mais ça valait le coup. Il semble que beaucoup de mes “readers” l’ont apprécié.

      Merci pour tes voeux et je te souhaite tout le meilleur aussi.

      A bientot!

      PS: Je vais t’envoyer le PDF tout de suite (même si tu n’as pas le demandé) :)

      • Khema April 13, 2019 at 20:42 #

        Hi Dilshan ,

        Thanks for this. I would like to have the pdf and the link for the kævum to share with my daughter who is married to a Sri Lankan.

        Wishing you Suba Aluth Avuruddak Wewa.

  42. Shaff April 14, 2014 at 02:47 #

    Happy new year Dilshan. Good job !

  43. Winnie April 14, 2014 at 04:56 #

    Hi Dilshan !

    Its so cool. I made many of my Sri Lankan friends surprised when I chat with them some in Sinhala and also send them voice message wish them Happy New Year.

    Thank you so much :D

    Happy New Year, Dilshan


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:10 #

      You’re very welcome Winnie. Thank you for sharing the bit about your friends. Makes me very happy.

      Thank you also for the new year wishes. I wish you all the best too.

      Take care and speak to you again soon!

  44. Leticia April 14, 2014 at 07:54 #

    Hi Dilshan!!!!
    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this with all of us! I’m so glad my question was inspiring to this beautiful post… Thanks for mentioning it! :)
    I really enjoyed reading it and learning about all involves your new year! A few minutes ago my srilankan friend was showing me through his webcam how they were preparing the food… It’s so exciting! I’m living with you this party!
    And… I want to tell you that I surprised my friend one more time with my sinhala phrases… this time wishing him and his family a happy new year.
    Thank you so much again!!

    and… suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa!

  45. Leticia April 14, 2014 at 08:10 #

    Ohhh! I also want to say that I loved the pictures (like the credits: Awesome father)! I like so much your traditional clothes! and the meals looks great! I want to taste them all!
    I would love to prepare all those meals… does anybody know some good srilankan food recipes website? I have a book but it doesn’t have all these meals…

    Thank you again, Dilshan!

    • Julie April 14, 2014 at 20:40 #

      Hi Leticia,
      I find this website really good for recipes.

      All I’ve tried out so far tasted extremly good (I am only doing the Veggie- recipes) and made no sweets yet. But the Currys are fantastic.

      Unfortunatly there are no recipes of Dilshan’s Sweets.

      So DILSHAN… What do you think about sending Leticia an me your Mother’s Sweets recipes? ;-) Be sure: I would send you my pictures of them, as you wanted.

      • Leticia April 15, 2014 at 06:44 #

        thank you so much, Julie!!!!!! and yes! I agree with you about Dilshan’s mother sweet recipes!!!! I will also send my pictures! I promise!! ;)

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:49 #

          Hi again girls,

          No no… Small clarification: The sweets were bought from outside, not made at home by “Mother Dear”. She only did the kiribath.

          I’m surprised that there isn’t a site for the sweetmeats recipes out there. For ‘kæwum’, please try with the following spellings: “kevum” (since this is the most common way our Sri Lankans spell it in English, but for this blog, I use a more phonetic approach as you know). But still it’s strange that you couldn’t find any sites for the other sweets. I’ll keep an eye out for it and will let you both know if I see something.

          Take care both!

          • Leticia April 15, 2014 at 15:48 #

            HI! I am sure that there will be some website with all that recipes… It’s just we have to find it… About the website that shared Julie… I found some sweet recipes too… Little by little I’ll taste everything…. :D
            Thanks, Dilshan… I will look with that spelling… I’m sure we will find the recipes!
            I’ll let you know if I find it ;)

          • Jessica April 15, 2014 at 18:16 #

            Hi Leticia-

            I noticed you were inquiring about Sri Lankan sweets and I wanted to mention the website Food Corner has some great Sri Lankan recipes (Amila is her name) and she recently did a great post on Konda Kavum (sweet oil cakes). Her Aunt also sells them in Colombo, fyi.

            I also have a website 13Spices where I focus on traditional Sri Lankan recipes as well as Sri Lankan fusion. I hope you visit some time!

            Have a great day Leticia!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:17 #

      Hi Lety,

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! For everything you said above and of course for inspiring the idea :)

      That’s really cool that you the food preparation in real-time. Hopefully someday soon you will get to taste these Sri Lankan sweets.

      Take care and thanks again.

      • Julie April 15, 2014 at 18:27 #

        Ahaaa “Kevum”… maybe also “kavum”
        So Dilshan: is this the right one? What do you think? Mung beans???

        If so… @Leticia: look here: Even a youtube- clip…

        Lets do that :-). It seems to be not really difficult

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 18:51 #

          Hi Julie, yes, this is the same as what I have called “mung kaewum” (the second one on my “sweetmeats” list).

          For your information, “mung beans” is also called “green gram”.

          And also for your information (although it’s less important), I had mung beans for dinner tonight (I swear!) :)

          Good luck and looking forward to seeing the photos!!!

          • Dilshan Jayasinha May 25, 2014 at 17:47 #

            And here is a photo sent to me by Julie who followed through with her promise of making “mung kaewum”!! She was kind enough to allow me to post it here. I’m amazed at the result. Well done Julie!!!

            munh kaewum by julie

  46. Sue April 14, 2014 at 11:30 #

    I hope you’re enjoying the food and games, Dilshan!
    I just love your posts, they are full of infectious fun and joy whilst imparting such helpful information!
    If you have the time and inclination, please could you suggest a suitable little Aluth Aurudha present for me to give to my Sinhalese friend living overseas; and also send me some of the games details. Many thanks, and Happy New Year!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:27 #

      Hi Sue, you’re very kind, as usual. I appreciate it.

      Well, I’ve been enjoying the food much more than any games (none, actually). I spent the whole of yesterday tasting all the different sweets that were generously shared around by everyone in our neighborhood. But today, I’m back to no sugars and no carbs…

      Please send me by email more information about your friend (male/female? age? and I assume you’ll be shipping it from there?). Let me know and I’ll see if any ideas pop up.

      Thanks for the wishes. All the best to you too!

      Will send you the PDF now.

  47. Emma April 14, 2014 at 11:37 #

    I’d love a copy of your games PDF, especially as my boyfriend is missing home at this time and i thought it might be an nice surprise to set up some fun games :). Thank you!

  48. Emma April 14, 2014 at 11:39 #

    By the way.. Hello Dilshan how are you? I’m glad you are enjoying being back in Sri Lanka. You seem very passionate about your country! The blogs are great ! :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:33 #

      Hi Emma,

      You remembered to squeeze in the “Hello Dilshan” in the second comment. That was close :)

      Thank you for your comment. I can totally relate to what your boyfriend must be going through since I’ve been there too. Will be sending you the PDF right away (sorry for the delay). If you guys do actually play any of the games, do let me know. That would please me to no end!

      Yes, I do tend to go on about my country and I am a big fan. But since you know another proud Sri Lankan, I’m sure you must be used to it, right? :)

      Take care and speak to you again soon.

  49. Jessica April 14, 2014 at 23:26 #

    Hi Dilshan! Just found you through google search on how to say “Happy New Year in Sinhala”! What a very cool blog. So glad I found you and can’t wait to read more in depth when I have more time. I love Sri Lanka and I can’t wait to hear what you have to share. In fact, leaving in about 3 weeks for Lanka with my husband and it’s all we seem to talk about these days:)
    Cheers! Jessica

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:37 #

      Hi Jessica, thank you for the kind words. I’m glad that you stumbled upon my blog. Welcome!

      It’s always a real pleasure to speak to folks who love this little country of ours (so if anyone else is reading this comment, note that if you want something from me, better start by saying something nice about Sri Lanka first… :))

      I hope you’ll stop by the blog again soon when you’ve got more time. In case I don’t speak to you before your trip, I hope you and your husband have (another) wonderful visit.

      Take care Jessica and thanks again for your comment.

  50. Jonathan April 15, 2014 at 05:31 #

    Great blog – like that you are having some fun with the language.

    Would love a copy of your games guide. I was in SL a few years ago and went to an awurudhu uthsawayak put on for the benefit of one of the tv channels. I never knew how competitive pillow fighting or grass mat weaving could be until then..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2014 at 11:41 #

      Hi Jonathan, glad that the “fun” part is coming across, because it is true I am enjoying myself.

      Haha, that’s so true about the competitiveness of pillow fighting. I was watching it on TV yesterday and notice how the first couple of swings the participants take are friendly. But the moment one connects to other one’s face, all sportsmanship goes out the window and it’s game on!

      Will send you the PDF now. Take care and speak to you again soon.

  51. ingrid April 16, 2014 at 08:21 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    if I want to wish you a ‘belated’ Happy New Year – would you accept and how would I have to phrase it in sinhala?

    And if – as well – I’d like to have a copy of those games – would you still send me one?

    Unfortunately I missed all the new year celebrations, as I just returned from being out of the country for several weeks. But I’d like to start preparing myself already now for the next new year! :-)

    May this year be the best ever for you and your beloved ones,
    wishes you

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 16, 2014 at 18:14 #

      Hi Ingrid, of course I would accept! Thank you for the kind wishes! I wish you all the best too.

      However, I wouldn’t know a simple straightforward way of saying “belated” in regular conversation. I’ll have to think about that one. The word for late is “pa∙rak∙ku” but I can’t think of a way to combine it with the wishes.

      I’ll send you the PDF right now. Take care and thank you again.

  52. Dorothy April 16, 2014 at 16:41 #

    Hello Dilshan

    Suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa. If its not too late to say that?

    So pleased to hear that you have been able to celebrate New Year with your family and friends in Sri Lanka this time.

    My husband and I visited Sri Lanka for the whole of February this year and fell in love with it, both the country and the people. We came back physically, mentally and spiritually refreshed! We have decided to go back next year so we are learning some Sinhalese words and also about the culture and customs… we now celebrate each Poya day back in the UK. We love your tutorials on Youtube and it is really helpful and interesting that you also tell us about customs and festivals such as New Year.

    We made some good friends whilst we were out there and keep in touch via e-mail. The other day we’d been struggling to find the right words to wish them a Happy New Year and lo and behind a timely blog from your good self. Thank you very much.

    Yes please, it would be great to receive a copy of the games so we can picture what they get up to at New Year.

    Best wishes


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 16, 2014 at 18:23 #

      Hi Dorothy, no, it’s not too late, thank you for the wishes! In fact, during this entire week, when people meet their friends and family for the first time since the 14th, they’ll continue to wish each other.

      Thank you, yes, it was lovely to spend it with family. 14th night was quite a large family dinner and I realized what I had been missing these past years.

      So glad that Sri Lanka has left such a positive impression on you.

      Thank you for the nice words about my material too. I’m happy you find it so helpful.

      I shall certainly send you the PDF now. Take care and thank you again for your thoughtful comment. Good luck with your Sinhala learning.

  53. Jane April 16, 2014 at 23:23 #

    Happy New Year Dilshan, you continue to bring me great joy! Sadly I have nor received any contact at all yet, so you must be stuck in my filters…must try and fix it. Hope it’s a great year for you, keep up all this great work, and I hope you are very happy. Jane

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 21, 2014 at 10:57 #

      Hi Jane, thanks for the nice things you said. It humbles me whenever I hear someone say that I bring “joy” to them. It’s the ultimate compliment, isn’t it? Thank you again.

      Sorry to hear about the filter issues. I’ve checked from my end and it shows that the emails have been dispatched from over here, which means it has to be an issue with your email settings. If nothing else works, please think about re-subscribing using a different email address (e.g. Gmail, hotmail, etc.) so that you could at least receive my e-phrasebook (evidently, i’m pretty darn proud of it! :))

      Thank you once again for a lovely comment. Take care.

  54. Chandra April 19, 2014 at 04:44 #

    Suba. Aluth auruddak vewa. That is a nice blog. The photograph s are very nice. You have taken so much effort to produce this perfect blog. Thanks. I wish your father and mother a very happy and prosperous new year.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 21, 2014 at 11:30 #

      Hello Chandra, so happy to hear back from you. Hope you’ve been well.Glad you liked the photographs. “Perfect Blog”, that’s very kind, thank you.

      Thank you for the new year wishes to my family & me. In return, let me say “ésḗmȧ vḗwa!” to you, your children, and of course, your grandchildren. To this date, I still smile when I remember how you told me that they all yawn at the beginning of my video tutorials when they hear my yawn. So cute! :)

      All the best to you and speak to you again soon.

  55. Ana April 20, 2014 at 20:59 #

    Hallo, Dishan!

    I wish you a happy new year in Sri Lanka! I was there with my family (and my srilankan family, of course) in April 2010 and was great fun, althoug I didn´t have yet your PDF :). I hope you enjoyed it too!
    Thank you again for your blog, feliz año nuevo,


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 21, 2014 at 11:39 #

      Hello Ana, how are you?!!!

      That’s great that you’ve already had first hand experience of the awurudhu celebrations in Sri Lanka; so you know some of the things I’ve mentioned above.

      I’ll send you the PDF now and perhaps you’ll see some familiar things in it.

      Take care.

  56. Faeze May 2, 2014 at 10:29 #


    Thank you very much for every thing. It is very kind of you. I am happy … really happy :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 16:09 #

      Thanks Faeze. In all honesty, hearing one of my readers saying “I am happy … really happy” automatically brings a smile to my face! :) Thank you.

  57. Eva May 6, 2014 at 12:25 #

    Hey Dilshan! Thanks for your fun blog and all your patient explanations! I’d love to receive your game descriptions! For this year I’m late, but next year is surely coming around!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 16:10 #

      Hey Eva, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was actually not expecting more comments on this post but I am glad I was wrong. Shall send you the PDF in a bit. Now you have around 11 months to practice before the next new year :) Take care.

  58. Charlene May 22, 2014 at 18:55 #

    Hi Dilshan! I’ve been stalking your blog for a while and I just want to say it has a super awesome content I enjoy reading. :3 I hope you don’t mind another super latecomer asking for a PDF of the New Year Games, so me and my sweetheart in Sri Lanka could join in the festivities next year. Thanks a lot! :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 23, 2014 at 06:22 #

      Hi Charlene, I’m always excited to meet my stalkers :) Thanks for compliment about the content.

      Go ahead and check your email as there should be a PDF waiting for you and your sweetheart.

      Take care and thanks again for the comment.

      • Charlene May 29, 2014 at 08:14 #

        Hi again Dilshan! It’s a few days late reply, but I want to thank you for the PDF again. My sweetheart is very impressed about the details you put in each game, how well you show the pronunciation without going all phonetic, and wishes that you taught in every school – you teach Sinhalese better than the school teachers! That’s what my sweetheart says, haha.

        We both wish you good luck. Ayubowan!

        • Dilshan Jayasinha June 6, 2014 at 13:32 #

          Hi again Charlene, that is such a wonderful thing to hear!

          Please tell your “sweetheart” that I am humbled by his very generous comment. I was especially encouraged by the comment “without going all phonetic” since that was always a concern of mine. So, thank you for the reassurance.

          Take care you two, and speak to you again soon.

  59. shafna November 1, 2014 at 09:05 #

    i am waiting here for more updates. your idea are mind blowing.
    you are genius, well i hope

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 07:16 #

      No no, don’t ‘hope’ that I am a genius. I confirm that I am a genius… haha, I’m just kidding. Thank you for the lovely compliment.

  60. Arumugam November 6, 2014 at 17:00 #

    Ayubowan Dilshan. I hope to be able to master Sinhalese(including reading & writing) one day. This is a great place to start. Bohoma isthuthi for such a great website.

    (How do you say “regards” in the above context in Sinhalese?)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 6, 2014 at 17:42 #

      You’re welcome, Arumugam. Thanks for the comment!

      “Regards” in the above context… Hmm… It’s been a while since I’ve written anything formal or even semi-formal in Sinhala. I guess you could say “magé suba paethum” (“my best wishes).

  61. VIKAS KUMAR March 27, 2015 at 13:23 #

    Hi Dilshan
    Thanks for your superb work. Please send me the PDF related to Sinhala new year. I want to know more and more about sri lanka

  62. Little Sue April 8, 2015 at 08:59 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    Thank you so much for you fabulous website. I have been involved with the local Sri Lankan community in Australia for five years and have travelled to Sri Lanka twice deciding that I am not going back without having a better understanding of what everyone is saying! (and that’s next year…)

    I am really shy and a bit of a perfectionist so your website is exactly what I need. Thanks for the effort you have put into making this an interesting and fun goal for me. Your crazy sense of humour keeps me smiling. Thanks and esema vewa!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 9, 2015 at 17:29 #

      Hi Sue, thanks for the lovely comment. Glad you like my blog (as well as my sense of humor :)) Take care and do keep me posted on your progress. Would be happy to hear back from you.

  63. Julie April 12, 2015 at 12:09 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    Subȧ aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa 2015!
    How awesome that you updated this blog with the auspicious times.

    Hehe, maybe I try this year another part of your sweets, last year I did mung kaevum. LoL. Or I just repeat the words ;-)

    I wish u a happy New Year and some great holidays!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2015 at 12:14 #

      Thanks Julie, é∙sē∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!

      Yes yes, you must try a new one and send me the photo that I can upload again like I did last year.

      Take care and all the very best to you!

  64. Kasia April 12, 2015 at 12:22 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Amazing blog
    Congrats & a Happy New Year :)

  65. Jayamathan April 12, 2015 at 12:23 #

    Hello Dilshan. Subȧ aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa . have a blast fun. I am waiting for your bonus supplement.

  66. Phil April 12, 2015 at 12:29 #

    Hi Dilshan!
    Thanks for the great post! I plan to travel around the world next year and my plan is to be in Sri Lanka when the festivities take place. Please, could you send me the PDF as well?
    Thank you :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2015 at 12:57 #

      That sounds like an awesome plan, Phil. Going to send you the PDF in 3… 2… 1…. check your inbox now :)

  67. vicky April 12, 2015 at 13:11 #

    Hi Dilshan. I love reading your blogs and would love a the PDF for the new year games. I have been lucky enough to be in Sri Lanka (2 years ago) at this amazing time of year and certainly hope i can be there again in the future and i can use my new lingo. Thank You.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2015 at 13:16 #

      Hi Vicky, that’s great that you’ve been here during the new year festivities. So you know what I’m talking about. Go ahead and check your email in about 2 minutes and you’ll have the PDF. Enjoy!

  68. Tatiana April 12, 2015 at 14:02 #

    Thank you for this useful post, Dilshan.
    Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  69. Alexandra April 12, 2015 at 14:38 #

    Hey Dilshan,
    thanks for the interesting informations about Sinhala&Tamil New Year :)
    Really enjoyed to read it and my friends will be surprised when I wish them a Happy New Year in Sinhala :)
    I’ve been to Sri Lanka now two times and this summer I’m coming again.
    I’m glad to hear you’re going to spend this New Year with your family and friends in Sri Lanka, have a lot of fun and enjoy your time!
    Next year I hopefully get the chance to celebrate Sinhala&Tamil New Year with my friends in Sri Lanka. They’re all talking about and seem so excited :).
    I’d really like to have the PDF about the games.
    Thank you again for your blog, it’s always fun to hear from you and next time in Sri Lanka I’m trying to use some phrases I’ve learned here :)
    Greetings from Germany,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:23 #

      Hi Alexandra, thanks for your comment. I also hope that next year you’ll get a chance to be here during this time. It really is fun.

      Will send you the PDF in a minute.

  70. Johanna April 12, 2015 at 15:04 #

    Happy New Year. I spent a year in Sri Lanka when I was a child – now it is more than 30 years ago but I have many fond memories of the experiences I had there. I enjoy reading your posts and they help me pull the language out of the deep recesses of my brain, so thank you!
    The new year is a wonderful time there and I certainly miss the celebrations and especially the kiri bath! Please keep up the lessons as they are much appreciated. And, as you hear people complain about the heat know that here in New Hampshire it snowed just a few days ago – so winter has not yet released us from its grasp and we would gladly trade places!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:26 #

      Hi Johanna, thanks for the comment. I too lived for 3 years in Geneva, Switzerland where it would snow during winter, and I was not a big fan, so I know what you mean about wanting to trade places :) Hang in there, soon, it’ll be gone.

      Take care Johanna.

  71. Renee April 12, 2015 at 15:10 #

    Thanks so much for the loads of resources. I’ve listened now to all the podcasts as I commute here in the U.S. My husband and I will be coming to Sri Lanka for the last half of this year. But I’m wondering. Will there be any more podcasts? I’m really good at the phrases you’ve taught so far… I think. If not, I’ll keep practicing with those… Also looking for the extra PDF about the games. We were there for the 2012 new year. I saw things..,but an explanation would be great.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:28 #

      Hi Renee, yes, there will be more podcasts, probably in a slightly different format, but I can’t yet give you an exact timeframe for when you could expect it. A lot going on right now and I just need to map things out. Will let you know when I have a better idea.

      Sending you the PDF right now. Hopefully it’ll end some of mysteries of the games you saw :)

  72. Elizabeth April 12, 2015 at 15:11 #

    Hello Dilshan

    I can’t deny that I do miss being in SL at this time of the year. Mainly to taste the sweetmeats my immediate neighbour sends me. Was really wonderful. I have many
    time seen the rituals of the Buddhist at this time & thereafter.

    You know I did watch the world cup cricked match where Sri Lanka won vs Afghanistan.

    Hope you have a wonderful time & Wish you & your family a Very Happy Sinhala
    New Year & a Bright Future.

    Try to spare your neck & limbs IF you participate in climbing the SLIPPERY TREE.

    Take care.
    Elizabeth T.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:31 #

      Hi Elizabeth, oh yeah, that Afghanistan match was a wobbly one and we could’ve easily lost that if not for our dear Mahela Jayawardena who saved the situation.

      I wish you and your family a wonderful new year too! And I promise to stay away from the slippery greasy tree :)

      • Elizabeth April 14, 2016 at 01:16 #

        Hello Dilshan

        Another Sinhala new year has dawn, & I wish you & your family a very Joyous & Peaceful Sinhala & Tamil New Year for 2016.

        Enjoy yourself to the best.

        Elizabeth T.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:18 #

          Hi Elizabeth! Yes, another new year indeed. What is it, our 2nd or 3rd new year together on this blog? Time flies! All the best to you too.

  73. Melinda April 12, 2015 at 15:32 #

    Hey Dilshan,

    I have used your blog on and off to learn the language last year. I picked up a few words but when practiseing with my Sri Lankan parents they just gave me a weird look. So I thought I was saying it all wrong and stopped. To my surprise I could understand what ppl were saying on our trip and it helped.

    It was our first family trip to SL. My husband, two kids and I absolutely loved the country and have planned a second trip this October. So I guess I’ll be using your resources again to improve my little skills. Please send me anything that would speed up the process of learning it. Thanks for your blog and humour. I have really enjoyed it.

    • Melinda April 12, 2015 at 15:34 #

      Forgot to sign off…..

      Take care muchan!


      Western Australia

      • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:35 #

        Hi Melinda, that’s wonderful to hear. So glad that you were able to understand a few words here and there.

        I don’t have anything completed right now but in addition to the ebook I mentioned in my email, I have another one that’s already drafted, that focuses on speeding up the Sinhala learning. Can’t promise you it’ll be done before October but I sure as hell will try :)

  74. Benjamin April 12, 2015 at 15:33 #

    Hi, Dilshan, thanks again for explaining this…I would like a copy please. I am living and working in Sri lanka and would like to know as much as I can about all customs and traditions also. Am I right in assuming you are moving back permanently now? Do I read you correctly? Man, would be super to bump into you somewhere here! Keep up the good work!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 03:37 #

      Hi Benjamin, yes, I have moved back to Colombo but you’ll probably not recognize me since I usually wear dark glasses and a surgical mask whenever I’m out like how Michael Jackson used to do… Just kidding buddy, I’m sure you’ll see me around. Come say hello when you do :)

      Sending you the PDF now.

  75. Brad April 12, 2015 at 16:12 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thanks again for all your effort teaching us Sinhala. My wife and I are eager to get our visas so as to move to Sri Lanka in the next few months. We enjoy everything you have provided, PDF, blog, video and audio lessons. Of course we want this new PDF concerning the Sri Lankan new year.

    We look forward to the next lesson. Keep up the good work.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 04:50 #

      Hi Brad, thanks for the kind words. Happy to know that you and your wife enjoy my material.

      Sending you guys the PDF now. Have fun and good luck with the visas.

  76. Khema Lim April 12, 2015 at 16:40 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Suba Aluth Auwrudhdhak Wewa!

    Bohoma istutthi. Hope to be able to communicate in Sinhalese with my friends in ‘pansal’ and Sri Lanka.


  77. Sara April 12, 2015 at 17:31 #

    Suba aluth auwrudak vewa! Thank you, Dilshan, for supplying this phrase just when I’m planning to write to my friends in Sri Lanka! Yes, I would love to see the bonus blog.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 04:53 #

      Thank you Sara, é∙sē∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!! :)

      I’m about to send you the PDF. Check in a few minutes.

  78. Kris April 12, 2015 at 18:14 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Thanks for taking the time to do all this for those who are eager to learn .. Pls do send me a copy of the PDF after the new year as I guess you would be busy .. Have a great celebration.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 04:55 #

      Hi Kris, yes, I’m busy, but not that busy where I can’t find the time to forward you a PDF :) Sending it to you now. Thanks for the wishes my friend.

  79. Petra April 12, 2015 at 18:27 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Great work on your new year post. I loved learning about your traditions. They seem wonderful and I hope one day I will be able to experience them in Sri Lanka.
    Subȧ aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa 2015! And enjoy those sweets and all the rest that comes with it. It is only once in a year, so come on :) Make it count :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 04:58 #

      Thank you Petra, é∙sē∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!! :)

      About the sweets, well, if you insist… then I wouldn’t mind helping myself to few more (and it’s not even 8.30 a.m. yet!)

      Take care, and yes, one day you will experience it yourself.

  80. Alan April 12, 2015 at 18:30 #

    Hey Dilshan

    It’s good to hear from you again. I had another great trip to Victoria Golf near Kandy in February and was able to try out a few phrases with my caddy and friends out there. The effort to speak a bit of Sinhala was very well received of course and just makes me want to improve my ‘repertoire’ for next year’s trip. Any help you can give on past, present and future tenses would be great.

    Happy New Year

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:01 #

      Thanks Alan, glad to know that you’re trying out what you learned on your caddy friends. That’s the best way to speed up the learning. Be fearless my friend! :)

      So bizarre that you should mention past, present, future tenses… I don’t have anything right now to show but maybe that might something I’ve been working on while sipping on coffee in Mumbai recently… (hint hint!). Will keep you posted.

      Happy new year to you too buddy!

  81. Charmain April 12, 2015 at 18:39 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thanks for another useful post. Suba aluth auwrudak vewa for Tuesday.

    Please could you me the bonus material. We have just moved to SL and are looking forward to the NY celebrations.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:03 #

      Thanks Charmain, “é∙sē∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!!” for Tuesday :)

      Sending you my super-duper (if I may say so myself) bonus PDF right away. Enjoy the local celebrations! Please do tell me all about your experience.

  82. Murat April 12, 2015 at 18:49 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thanks a lot for shedding more light on things Sinhala. Great stuff and perfectly timed as always! So here’s to Sinhalese/Tamil New Year and your great skill and enthusiasm to keep everybody else still lazy but smart learning things and getting bonuses.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:06 #

      Thanks Murat. And just for that awesomely kind comment, I’m going to send you the PDF (and people think that flattery gets you nowhere)… :)

  83. Hanna April 12, 2015 at 19:17 #

    Very interesting especially the traditional Sinhalese & Tamil New Year Rituals and the description what you exactly do on 14 and 15th April! Seems like a very sophisticated system!

    Best wishes, Hanna

  84. dr.meenakshi April 12, 2015 at 19:51 #

    Hi ,
    D J….
    Wish you and yours family very happy sinhalese /tamil new year…
    Hope new year brings us more sweet stuff of lazybutsmatsinhala blogs.
    D J , I am yet to visit Sri Lanka, but I always had a naughty question to ask you… it necessary to yawn…..before beginning conversation in sinhala?
    Any ways DJ….you reminded me my golden days of medical college ….when we all friends used to have coffee at kamps corner…..because my ladies hostel was very close to kemps corner.
    Since you have reminded me my olden and golden days next sunday itself I plan to visit Decosta coffee at kemps corner.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:11 #

      Hi Meenakshi, thanks for the wishes. Happy new year to you too!

      To answer your question, no, it’s not really ‘necessary’ to yawn before speaking Sinhala but if you do then people will be like “Hey, did you also learn Sinhala from Dilshan???” :)

      Enjoy your coffee at Costa. Thanks again for your comment.

  85. Uma Balu April 12, 2015 at 20:58 #

    Hi Dilshan, how are you? It’s been a long time and I’m back to my fav Sinhalese lessons after a ‘short’ break!

    By the way, let me share some “sweet” news (seems to be quite a sweet season with New Year around) – my elder son Kujan is getting married on May 1st. I am immensely enjoying the saree shopping, pot painting and mehendi sessions. Shall send you some nice pictures of those pots I painted – do feel free to post them as they also represent traditional New Year celebrations.

    And do send me the pdf – I would love to have it!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:13 #

      Hi Uma,

      That’s great news about Kujan. My best wishes to all of you. I’ve been to a couple of Indian weddings myself and have loved all the colors and traditions. Never heard of the pot painting though. Will research more about it.

      Sending you the PDF now. Have fun preparing for the wedding!

    • Uma Balu April 13, 2015 at 06:17 #

      Hi Dilshan,

      Thanks a ton for the pdf!

      Sending you the pics by mail.
      Do post them along with my New Year wishes to our little tribe!


  86. Christine April 12, 2015 at 21:25 #

    Dear Dilshan, how are you? Surely veeeery busy replying to the 150 or so replies to your post :-)

    I would also love to have the extra pdf. My husband said he never really played most of them…I love games, he doesn’t, so I really wanna try to make him play some with me and annoy him this way ;-)

    Enjoy the holidays!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:15 #

      Hi Christine, yes, busy replying to all the comments, but it’s “great” kind of busy, you know what I mean?

      Have fun trying to convince your husband to play some of the games. Sending you the PDF now. Let me know how it works out.

  87. Elisabeth April 13, 2015 at 03:25 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    Lovely to hear from you again. What a surprise, New Year! Well, as for me, forget about the games, – the sweetmeats look fantastic!

    Thank you for the reminder, so now I will be able to congratulate my friend tomorrow in the proper Sinhala manner.

    Writing an e-book sounds great. I will certainly be interested in it. I can understand how much work this would involve, but great to be able to do this in the cafe. As long as you do not have to many friends popping in and disrupting you, I suppose. On the other hand, why not, that could be half the fun of it.

    Byron Bay is cooling down, finally autumn. I spend a lot of time on the computer with online MOOCs, none as entertaining as your casual banter.

    Well, thank you again, and ‘suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa’ and many sweetmeats (I hope you enjoyed them after making that mouthwatering photo).


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 05:18 #

      Hi Elisabeth, great to hear from you too. Thanks for the new year wishes. Happy new year to you too!

      No, in Mumbai I’m completely unknown so I had nobody popping in to disturb me, haha. However, I think the staff know me quite well now :)

      Thanks for showing your interest in the eBook. I will absolutely let you know when it’s done.

      Thanks again for the lovely wishes. Enjoy the autumn in Byron Bay.

  88. gaya April 13, 2015 at 06:30 #

    hello dilshan! I want your bonus supp…..

  89. Eeva April 13, 2015 at 09:25 #

    Subâ aluth auwrudhdhak vêwa Dilshan! Last year this time I was in Sri Lanka enjoying rasâ kævili – my favourites are kokis.

    Sounds like you have been busy with your eBook. Very interesting. Let me know when you have finished it.

    I do sympathise with your sentiments about the cricket. But…try being me – we lost in the final and to Australia of all people. Well, I suppose we can’t have it all…..


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:33 #

      Thanks Eeva, é∙sē∙mȧ vḗ∙wa!

      Yes, for all your kiwis the final must have been heartbreaking after they did so well throughout the tournament. You’ll get ’em next time. And then you’ll have SL to deal with :)

      Thanks also for your interest in my upcoming eBook. Will certainly let you know about it.

      Cheers Eeva.

  90. Lexi April 13, 2015 at 09:51 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    I totally enjoyed this post, and am very excited to put it use. I will go to a celebration for the new year and can’t wait! Thanks for all you do, now and always!

    And i’d super love love love that pdf!! Thank you =]].

    Wishing you well, stay awesome!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:35 #

      Thanks Lexi, in that case I’d super love love love to send you that PDF :) Check your inbox in a few minutes.

      Enjoy the New Year celebration! Remember to email me some pics.

  91. Uli April 13, 2015 at 10:20 #

    Hi Dilshan, first of all: Suba aluth auwrudak vewa!
    I really enjoy your newsletters and the blog, especially the friendly and humourous tone. I just wanted to learn some Sinhala phrases to use on holidays in beautiful Sri Lanka, but your posts have proved to teach me so much more and I just can’ t wait for my next chance to go to Sri Lanka and test what I have learned. So hopefully it will be in the new year sometime.
    I would also be very happy if you sent me the pdf.

    Sendung you warm regards from Germany, all the best for the new year and please continue to send those delightful mails and posts.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:37 #

      Hi Uli, thanks for a wonderful comment, it’s really very kind of you to say all that. So glad you’ve decided to stick around. I knew that this silly sense of humor of mine will come into good use someday :)

      Just sent you the PDF. Take care, happy new year to you too, and thanks again for your awesome comment.

  92. Ursula April 13, 2015 at 14:20 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I would love to receive your extra pdf. Thanks again for all your efforts teaching lazy students Sinhala. Enjoy your holiday,

  93. Judit April 13, 2015 at 14:52 #

    Thank you for all the useful information really! This blog is amazing and I alredy used a lot from it!
    Ps.: I’m celebrating the New Year in Una and its hectic! Hahaha cheers guys!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:41 #

      Hi Judit, I’ve never been to Unawatuna during this time. Come to think of it, I honestly can’t remember the last time I went there… Hmm… Sounds like I need to take my laptop and head over there sometime in the near future/ Enjoy, go crazy! :)

  94. bob cook April 13, 2015 at 16:15 #

    Hi Dilshan thank you once again for another cracking tutorial. I,m in Negombo for this new year which, I,m sure, is going to be totally different from last year when I was in a rural village in Sabaragamuwa province. I would really appreciate the games off as I help out at an orphanage and we can never have enough games. Best wishes and have a great new year.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:42 #

      Hi Bob, good to hear from you. Just sent you the PDF. Hope you guys have fun at the orphanage. Do email me some photos if you can. Take care and happy new year my friend. You’re doing great work.

  95. Stefan Larsson April 13, 2015 at 16:21 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thanks for this new material! It is really good, especially to hear the pronunciations. I wish I had spent more time to try to learn the earlier stuff you have made great efforts to produce. And interesting that there is quite a big interest out there to learn Sinhala.

    In a couple of weeks me and my wife will attend a big wedding at Gall Face hotel. I guess it might be quite hot then in May. So far I have been in Sri Lanka during winter time. But it will be fun.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2015 at 16:45 #

      Hi Stefan, thanks for the nice comment. Glad you liked this post. I wouldn’t be too sure that it’ll be that hot in May. These last 12 months, the weather has been very unpredictable and I wouldn’t be surprised if you might even see rain. Hopefully, the heat won’t be that bad. I still struggle with it even if it’s over a year since I moved back :) Enjoy the wedding!

  96. Gisele April 13, 2015 at 17:17 #

    Hello Dilshan,
    I am a native French-speaker with, obviously, a French first name: Gisele (with an accent on the first “e”). I have been living in Sri Lanka for 5 years now, and people have a lot of difficulty understanding and pronouncing my name. So I decided to shorten it to “Gee” – but I heard (only recently!) that it means a rude word in Sinhala!
    Is that the case?
    If so, how could I rename myself? :)
    Have a wonderful New Year!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2015 at 12:57 #

      Haha, ok so here’s my advice on it (since you asked). When I was living in Europe, when I used to introduce myself, I too came across a few people who would say “Oh God, you have such a complicated name”, to which I would casually reply “Really? You’re the first person to tell me that”…. And you can be sure that they never forgot my name after that, haha. So rather than change yourself to accomodate people who can’t remember a simple 2-syllable name like Gisele, I’d advise you to stick to your real name and let it become someone else’s problem :)

  97. Nargis April 13, 2015 at 18:31 #

    Hello Dilshan,
    Suba Aluth Awuruddhak Wewa:)…hope all’s well..its so nice to get so much info about the culture and traditions of a place whose language i m learning…feels like i m there already:)i would very much like to hav the pdf about the games and know more about this important festival…and finally i am visiting Srilanka next month nd super excited about it:):)


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2015 at 12:58 #

      Glad you liked it Nargis and great news about your upcoming trip! Tell me all about it when you get back, ok? Check your inbox in a couple of minutes.

  98. Marika April 14, 2015 at 00:23 #

    Hello Dilshan!!

    Your blog is really amazing,it helps me a lot to learn Sinhalese.I’m a big fan of your every post,my Sri Lankan husband is always surprised by me learning new words so fast and easily.And he is happy too,especially that his mum can’t speak English (I’m Polish actually) so sadly we are unable to talk together without a translator.Maybe soon I will surprise her and have a little conversation :)

    Could I please have a PDF?

    Hope that you are enjoying the celebrations and I wish you a very Happy New Year!!!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2015 at 13:05 #

      Thanks for saying all that Marika, really realllly happy that my blog is helping you connect better with your mom-in-law. I love hearing stuff like that!!! :)

      Sending you the PDF in a second. In the meantime, thank you for the wishes and all the best to you, your husband, and mom-in-law too!

  99. Patrick April 14, 2015 at 02:58 #

    Happy New Year, Dilshan!

    I hope you have a prosperous year!

    I was in Sri Lanka for nearly a month in Feb/March (my second trip), and I am hooked. I hope I can go back two more times this year. Please send me the bonus materials. I really appreciate all the work you put into your posts/lessons.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2015 at 13:07 #

      Thanks Patrick, glad you like my material (and more importantly) my country :)

      Sending you the bonus PDF now. Thanks for the kind words.

  100. sudu ayya robert April 14, 2015 at 07:01 #

    dear dilshan
    sube alut aurudak wewa.
    budu saranai devi pihitai.
    bohoma istuti for all your work.
    sudu ayya
    robert roger

  101. Hanna April 14, 2015 at 10:23 #

    o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!
    Difficult sentence and yes I copied it from above but nonetheless happy new year to you and your family! According to a Sri Lankan calendar I found on the internet I am one day late? Sorry if I am late. I just learned how to say the time on your website and found it just excellent!

    All the best,

  102. Eddie April 14, 2015 at 14:39 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    For a while I though the site was no longer operating due to your absence. So happy to see your back..
    We had our 6 th annual return to SL in February, and had great fun with our friends trying my new vocabulary, although I think they had mor fun with my mistakes. We enjoyed our visit very much. We are returning again in October with our daughter and son in law.
    Thanks so much for your efforts, it’s is very much appreciated that you take the time and effort, which must be considerable.
    Yes please send me your bonus material, looking forward in anticipation.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 19:51 #

      Thanks Eddie, it’s good to be back! Oh wow, so October will be your 7th visit? Amazing.

      Thanks also for the appreciative words, glad you’re enjoying my material.

      Sending you the PDF now. Enjoy!

  103. Dorothy April 14, 2015 at 15:17 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Oyaatayi oyaage pauwlatayi Suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa.
    I hope you are having a great New Year and not bada piruna!
    A Sri Lankan friend sent us some images of the Sri Lankan New Year, it looked lassanay.
    We were in your lassanay Country in Jan and Feb this year so your LBSS website was much consulted. Still got a long way to go before I can converse with anyone but did master quite a few words….mainly food related!
    Keep up your excellent work, I do enjoy your teachings.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 19:53 #

      Thanks for the wishes Dorothy, all the best to you and your family too! Glad that LBSS came in handy during your trip. Thanks for the encouragement. Really appreciate it.

  104. dmitri April 14, 2015 at 15:23 #

    hi dilshan.

    Жаңа Жылмен!!! (Happy New year in Kazakh language)

  105. Shirley V April 14, 2015 at 17:49 #

    MMmmm Kiri Bath one of my favourites, I think I will make some in celebration, I am visiting my son and family in Spokane WA at the moment. It has been so much fun, the grandbabies are amazing, forgot how much energy 4yr old’s exude.
    Totally looking forward to your next publication; I just love the way you write so much fun while learning, just fabulously awesome.
    I am making a big Sri Lankan feast on Thursday, my son is looking forward to it, he grew up on Sri Lankan foods. His wife wants me to teach her how to make some also which is great. He celebrates his birthday the day before the start of the new year on the 13th.

    Love your newsletters don’t give up, you undertaken task will reap great benefits.

    o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!

    Yes I cheated, copy and paste, but the sincerity still remains.

    Luv N hugs to all

  106. Shirley V April 14, 2015 at 17:51 #

    So sad about the team, but they tried hard. Was a good run. I commiserate with you.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 19:58 #

      Hi Shirley, great to hear from you. Thanks for all the encouragement and the interest you’re showing in my next publication. Will tell you when I feel ready to release it.

      Thanks also for the wishes! All the very best to you, your son, your daughter-in-law, your grandbabies, and the rest of the family in Spokane. Email me pics of the Sri Lankan feast on Thursday :)


  107. Monika April 14, 2015 at 19:58 #

    Great buddy,
    looking forward to the new e book ;)

  108. Elisabeth April 14, 2015 at 21:13 #

    Bonne année à toi Dilshan ainsi qu’à tous tes proches.

    I had a great time in SL last February. So nice to enjoy the sun at the beach (Unawatuna) when it is still winter in Europe, to experience new situations and to meet great people. Sri Lanka I miss you so much.

    Take care et bonne continuation.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 20:00 #

      Hi Elisabeth, good to hear that you had a great time in SL. Everybody is talking about Unawatuna and I’ve not been there for ages. Must go soon :)

      • Elisbeth April 22, 2015 at 21:50 #

        When in Una, go to Samaya Tranz restaurant on the beach, so romantic and so good seafood. Never had these jumbo shrimps before. Un régal !
        And if you feel nostalgic of your previous life and feel like talking French, go to Le Café Français boutique and coffee shop where you can have “pâtisseries françaises” and meet Sylvie the owner, a delightful woman.

  109. Eva April 15, 2015 at 03:09 #

    Happy New Year , Dilshan!

    everyday I enjoy more and more your posts, they are great!! and as a trying to speak tikatika sinhala, could I ask you to send me the bonus, please??


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 20:00 #

      Well since you asked so nicely…. :)

      Check your inbox Eva. Thanks for the kind words.

  110. Troy April 15, 2015 at 10:20 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Kohomada? I would be so grateful if I could receive a copy of the PDF file. I was in Sri Lanka for 1 month over January and Feburary and I loved it. I went with my best friend who is Sri Lankan and his family and we rented a van and drove from the west to the east side. Many things seen and many different foods tasted. It is safe to say I will definitely be going back to see all the new friends I have made. Also with improved Sinhala thanks to you :D

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 15, 2015 at 20:03 #

      Hi Troy, sounds like it was a great road trip. I’ve not done one of those in a while. I have been traveling abroad but still, nothing like home, right? :)

      Sending you the PDF now. Enjoy buddy!

  111. MALATHI April 24, 2015 at 19:04 #

    Ayu Bo Wan! Kohomada?
    Suba Aluth Auwrudhdhak Veva!

    Mama tika tika sinhala kathakarana puluwan.

    May i have a copy of your bonus notes please? I’m sorry i did tried hard to type this in sinhala…but just can’t recall the words…

    Bohoma Istuthi.

  112. Jody April 26, 2015 at 09:50 #

    I would love the PDF. My son is five and his father is Sri Lankan but with no contact I am trying to explore some of the culture. We just returned from our first trip and now are wanting to learn the culture and language so next year we will have an even better New Year! Although setting off crackers at our Trinco beach house was awesome.

  113. Anthony Perry May 3, 2015 at 10:06 #

    I loved the photo of you dancing in the garden.
    My partners family don’t celebrate the Singhalese New Year as his mother died 6 years ago, although I can sort of understand I find it a bit strange.
    You look a slimmer version of a few Blogs ago, have you lost your Big Mac Belly ?
    Thanks for the lessons, you are with me when I walk my dog, even she is learning a bit of Sinhala !
    Great fun learning, so many thanks
    Tony and Chaminda

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 3, 2015 at 10:43 #

      Thanks Anthony, good to hear back from you! Actually, that photo was taken during the 2014 Sinhala new year but I am happy to say that I’ve shed a few more kgs since then :)

      All the best to you, Chaminda, and of course, your Sinhala-learning dog :)

  114. Antje April 12, 2016 at 22:13 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    thank you for these very interesting informations and above all for the New Year wishes in Sinhala! So I can send it to my friends tomorrow.
    I am happy to know some more about these important days. Wish I could be there to celebrate.
    Do you still send the copy of the games? If so, I’d love to receive one. Thanks a lot!
    Now I will have a look at your Sinhala-teaching. I tried to learn years ago, forgot a lot, now I try to learn again – I think your work will help me a lot.
    Mata puluwan eganaganna Sinhala. Bohoma stuti!
    Suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 12:38 #

      Hi Antje, thanks for the wishes. Sending you the PDF now. All the best.

  115. Tracey April 13, 2016 at 12:23 #

    I just got told New years 2016 is at 7.48pm on 13th April. Just wished my partner and his family happy new year.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 12:50 #

      Yes, that’s right Tracey. I did mention it in the 2016 update above.

  116. Armin April 13, 2016 at 12:42 #

    Hello Dilshan!

    If you still send copies of your PDF I’d love to receive one.

    Thanks in advance!

  117. Jose Mammen April 13, 2016 at 12:56 #

    Thank you Dilshan for the interesting new words about Sinhalese New Year. Although short of time, your frequent instructions stimulate me to learn more Singalese Words and customs.
    Thanks again,
    Dr. Jose Mammen. Trivandrum.

  118. Nardeen adel April 13, 2016 at 13:12 # ? nardeen .
    Today is the new year so aluth auw.ruth.dhak ve.wa
    Would you please send the pdf of new years games ?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 14:58 #

      Thanks for the wishes Nardeen, the same to you. Sending you the PDF now.

  119. Laurence April 13, 2016 at 13:37 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thanks for the reminder about this post :-) It’ll be fun wishing my friends later on today!
    You’re going to be very busy sending out that pdf… If you have time for one more, please think of me…!

    A big thank you !
    Best wishes and oyaatayi oyaagé pauwlȧtayi subȧ aluth auwrudhdhak vḗwa!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 14:58 #

      Merci Laurence! How can I say no when you ask so nicely? :) Sending it now. Take care.

  120. Sharryn April 13, 2016 at 14:08 #

    A very interesting and enlightening post as always. Your posts are imaginative and informative and always a pleasure to read. My Sinhala is not so good because I simply don’t practice. Anyway, I would love the pdf if it’s still available to add to my collection and I will practice eventually.
    I am off to Sri Lanka in December for a wedding. (My second wedding visit for a wedding there and it will be my eighth visit to the country. I call it my second home)
    Thanks again for all the time and effort you put in to help those of us wanting to give Sinhala a go.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 15:00 #

      Sharryn, doesn’t 8 visits automatically make you an honorary Sri Lankan? :) That’s outstanding. Thanks also for the ego-boosting adjectives like “interesting” and “enlightening”… That flattery has earned you the PDF. Check your inbox in a minute or two.

  121. Petruta Neda April 13, 2016 at 14:20 #

    Happy New Year, Dilshanm!

    I would like to receive your interesting PDF! .


  122. Sandra April 13, 2016 at 15:55 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    First of all Happy New Year !

    Following you for a few years already, but never replied to a blog. I’ve spend three wonderful years in Sri Lanka in the 00’s and your blog helps to keep my knowledge of Sinhala alive. Do like your style, it brings a smile to my face!

    Another reason to reply is that I used the picture with the auspicious times on my business Facebook page. Since my business is called Almirah and an ayanna is part of the logo I tought it fit to do so (even though my customers are all Dutch). Did link to your website so hope you don’t mind?

    Now you’ve got me in the spirit I am going to look up a recipe for kokis!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2016 at 16:45 #

      Hi Sandra, I appreciate you asking about using the picture, that’s absolutely fine. Thanks for linking to my website too. Hope you found a good kokis recipe. Speaking of which… Look what I got as a gift this morning!

      Chocolate Kokis!!!

      • Sandra April 15, 2016 at 05:23 #

        Yummie, better then my kokis. Found the recipe for kokis and some youtube advice, but it still needs some practice ;-). Now 9 out of 10 times the stringhoppers are fine so shortly we will eat kokis aswell! Must try the chocolate ones also, never seen them in my time on Sri Lanka.

  123. Rosemary April 13, 2016 at 19:11 #

    HI Dilshan,

    I really appreciate ypur Blog, it’s interesting, humorous and informative. Nice going!
    I surprised my Sri Lankan friends with a voice Mail Today.
    I would love to receive your games pdf, too.
    I wish you a happy New Year!
    Kind regards,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:15 #

      Thanks Rose, glad you’re liking my work. Even gladder to hear that you used it on your friends. Sending you the PDF. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it. Enjoy.

  124. Sergii April 13, 2016 at 22:23 #

    Oyaatayi oyaage pauwlatayi suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa, Dilshan!

    Thank you for you are doing! It great work for people better understand each other, and become closer to each other.

    Ask you for a bonus materials.

    And as idea: may be you adding to your lessons Sinhala writing? Like this symbols: දඅසමරැදක්ිෙවෙ (now it is random set of symbols for me, but i want learn understanding it)… It will be great – learn Sinhala not only hearing/speaking but and writing to.
    For example: How to write on Sinhala “Oyaatayi oyaage pauwlatayi suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa”?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:16 #

      Thanks for the suggestion Sergii, shall keep it in mind. All the best and sending you the PDF now.

  125. Jessie April 14, 2016 at 09:25 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I have an incomplete email for you that has been sitting in my drafts folder since January this year, apologies for not introducing myself sooner but life has been extremely hectic (will explain in my email which I plan to send sometime soon). Anyways I would love to receive a games pdf.
    Happy New Year!
    Istuthi in advance

    Jessie nungi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:20 #

      Hi Jessie nangi, Should I send you only half of it and hold the other half ransom until you send me your incomplete mail or do you promise to send it soon? :) Sending you the (complete) PDF now. Take care.

      • Jessie April 14, 2016 at 18:02 #

        Haha well I guess in two weeks time you will know the answer to that :P
        Thanks heaps!

  126. Sabine April 14, 2016 at 09:55 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    You are very smart about how we can receive the bonus goodies.

    I am very interested in the New Year rituals, food and games.

    Dear Dilshan, can you sent me the PDF? So I can use it for the children in Belgium. We support a school in the South and the Belgian children learn a lot of your beautiful Island.
    I realise that it took quite some time putting it al together.

    Thank you so much,
    Sabine from Matara

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:22 #

      That’s very interesting, the work you’re doing. Please drop me and email and tell me more about it. Regarding my “smart” way for people to get the bonus goodies, you qualified, so yay :) Sending it now. Take care Sabine.

  127. Marilyn April 14, 2016 at 10:23 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    Hi, this is Marilyn. Thank you for making it easier to speak some lazy but smart sinhala with my fiancé’s family. :) They are impressed with my pronunciations and basic knowledge. :D I’m actually going to Sri Lanka to meet them in person for the first time next month. I’m super excited.

    Anyway, I would love the 10 New Year Games pdf.



    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 14, 2016 at 11:26 #

      Hi Marilyn, that’s awesome, well done! My wife had to make that same nervous visit to the house a year and half ago to meet her new Sri Lankan parents in law. Maybe I should ask her to write a guest post on my blog one day with tips & tricks? :) Tell me how the visit goes. Sending you the PDF now.

  128. Kristy April 14, 2016 at 13:05 #

    Hi Dilshan !
    How are you? Happy New Year!
    I love your sense of humour and the way you express your ideas.
    Good job!

  129. Gemini777 April 14, 2016 at 13:55 #

    Please may I have a copy of the games pdf too.

  130. Shirley Vilathgamuwa April 14, 2016 at 18:18 #

    o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!

    LOve it, sorry a day late here, but more celebrations to come. Would love the .pdf on the games. kiri bath sounds wonderful, mouth watering already. Been a long time since I made any.

    Many thanks Dilshan, you do an amazing job, funny too. Just totally awesome.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 17, 2016 at 10:34 #

      Thank you Shirley! How are you? Hope well. Sending you the PDF now. Sorry for the delay. I was traveling and then found out that I forgot the power adapter for my laptop. So I had to buy a new one wait for it to be delivered. Hope you made some kiribath. Take care and happy new year to you too.

  131. Dorothy April 15, 2016 at 19:32 #

    Hi Dilshan

    subȧ aluth auwrudhdak vewa. Is it too late now to say that?
    I took your advice and wished my Sri Lankan friends the same at precisely 7.48pm on the 13th. I hope they were impressed.
    Dilshan I often get posts from them written in Sanskrit and although I have spent ages consulting books and the Internet trying to translate these I am failing miserably! Is it so very difficult to try and learn this. When I think I have figured out a word in one book I find it can differ in another!

    Any advice?

    Bohoma stuthi


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 17, 2016 at 10:36 #

      Hi Dorothy, are you sure it’s sanskrit and not Sinhala script? Happy new year to you too. Thanks for your wishes.

      • Helena April 18, 2016 at 09:55 #

        Hi dilshan, it is really nice of you that post.
        It is 18. 4. Today and we had to come to our school in ambalangode at 6. 30 to have pirith ceromoni and then sweet table… I am. Now very full of milk rice… I hqve q photo of our tqble also but i dont onow how to attach it here ?

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2016 at 10:06 #

          Hi! Long time! That’s really cool. Send me the photo by email and I’ll attach it right now. Ah, kiribath… This year my mother made probably her best version of kiribath. Even my father agreed. But when I asked her the exact proportions of the ingredients and timing she said “I don’t know, I just did it like that”, haha. So I guess I’ll never know. Email me the photo please. Happy to hear from you.

      • Dorothy April 26, 2016 at 02:25 #

        Mmmm. Maybe it is Sinhala script and I am looking at the wrong thing. Any hints on how to translate Sinhala script? I have a book from the library but the writing is so small I can hardly decipher the outlines.

        Thanks Dilshan

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 29, 2016 at 13:57 #

          My premium books don’t “translate” Sinhala script per se, although I do include the script for almost all the words I’ve used in the book. The books are in PDF so you can zoom in to your heart’s content and see the outline more clearly. Here’s an example:

          • Dorothy Hartshorn May 2, 2016 at 19:36 #

            Hi again Dilshan

            Bohoma stuthi for your reply to my ongoing sinhala writing problem …. which I am happy to say has now been solved by the purchase of your premium books…. just what I wanted to make it all clearer for me.
            A masterpiece by any standards!

            Thanks again Dilshan

          • Dilshan Jayasinha May 11, 2016 at 19:23 #

            Dear Dorothy, that is music to my ears! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I appreciate it very much.

  132. Kristy April 17, 2016 at 21:39 #

    Hi again dear Dilshan!
    How are you?
    How did you celebrate your new year in Sri Lanka?
    I would like to receive a copy of the games pdf, please. Thank you!
    Have a wonderful sunday and all the best!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 21, 2016 at 14:16 #

      Thanks Kristy, I spent it with my parents and then in the evening there was family dinner. Good fun.

      Sending you the PDF now. Sorry for my lateness. Was traveling.

  133. Marie May 4, 2016 at 08:47 #

    Hi Dilshan!! I would love to get my copy too!! And I also hope you’re well!;)

    Reading your fascinating blog about the Sri lankan new year reminded me of my (failed) attempt to organised it at home last year!

    Im a pastry chef and I had decided to invite all my fiance’s friends and cousins to our place and make all the traditionals sweets myself! My fiance tried many times to change my mind but I must admit, im a bit stubborn!

    I ve downloaded recipes, bought ingredients…anyway, hours later, it was a big disaster! Although all these items look pretty simple to make, there’s a lot of Sri Lankan “savoir-faire” involved in the making. Especially for the Kaewum!! My fiance even stole a twig from a broom at some market so I would have something strong yet flexible to make the whole in the donut while pouring the batter into the oil…With nothing up to my standards to put on the table,no need to tell you I was pretty upset!

    Thankfully, at the last minute,he ran into a Sri Lankan store and bought the full range of sweets and saved the day! One of the many reasons I’m marrying him! It ended up being a great new year for us and another great memory to share in the futur!

    Happy new year to you( even if its a bit late now!). Cheers!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 14, 2016 at 11:21 #

      Hi Marie, haha, sorry to hear about the new year “disaster” but as you said, it turned out to be a great story. Thanks for taking the time to share that. And even if it’s a bit late now, happy new year to you too! :)

  134. Martin April 13, 2017 at 15:43 #

    Oh no! Double jeopardy!
    Sinhala New Year AND wife’s birthday in one day!
    And going for lunch with a Sri Lankan friend tomorrow as well. MUST PRACTICE!!!

    Oh, year, ‘Hi Dilshan’, great post as usual. Please send PDF of games and
    o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2017 at 16:25 #

      Haha, I just replied to your email buddy. Enjoy the double jeopardy.

  135. Adam Parkinson April 13, 2017 at 16:20 #

    Hello Dilshan

    I would love a copy please.
    After being married to my Sri Lankan wife now for a year your phrases have come in very useful especially the Valentines ones. You got me good Brownie points there.

    Kind regards

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2017 at 16:26 #

      Glad to have been of service, my friend. Especially, on Valentines. Sending you the PDF now.

  136. Azubuike April 13, 2017 at 18:57 #

    Hey Dilshan great work! I’ve been using your blog for the past 2months to learn Sinhala before I take a trip to Sri Lanka. I’ll be doing a bicycle trip around the country and learning Sinhala terms will be very important during my time there.

    If still available I’d like to read more about the traditional New Years games!

    Thanks again!
    Azubuike Akunne

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 13, 2017 at 22:30 #

      Hi Azubuike, shall email it to you now. Thanks also for the nice feedback. Have fun with the bicycle trip. Sounds fun. Tell me all about when you’re back. Take care.

  137. Sissel April 13, 2017 at 20:14 #

    Thank you for this blog post! I was in Sri Lanka 1-2 weeks ago and everyone was talking about the Sinhalese New Year coming up soon and how they would go home to their families to celebrate. I am very happy to be able to send my friends the appropriate greetings.
    I bought a koki mould at the Aluthgama market last week and want to try it soon. We actually have something similar in Norway. We use the same kind of mould, dip it in sweet batter and then it gets deepfried.
    Thanks again for your very useful blog posts, I have already learnt a lot!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2017 at 15:32 #

      Hi again Sissel, I just now emailed you too. Great to hear about your time in SL. What is the Norwegian kokis called? The first friend I made at University was Norwegian and he introduced me to “RISENGROT” :)

  138. Max April 14, 2017 at 09:48 #

    Dilshan, May you and family have a wonderful New-Year 2017 and may the year ahead bring you many blessings and surprises.

  139. Susann April 15, 2017 at 23:20 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    Suba aluth aurudhdak vewa!
    Thank you for this very good and helpful guide. Our Sri Lankan friend was very happy about the wishes we sent to him. He sent us some pictures of the celebration and the foods. With your help we knew most of the things. Very nice!
    I would be very happy to get the bonus Give-away.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2017 at 15:34 #

      Hi Susann, shall send you the bonus PDF. Sorry about the delay. I’ve also seen your other email with your request. Will get back to you on that shortly.

  140. Cedric April 16, 2017 at 02:17 #

    Hello Dilshan: thanks for the excellent and entertaining piece on the New Year! And a Happy belated New Tear to you and yours. I would be very happy to get the pdfs of the New Year games… Once at New Year in SL I was lucky enough to see two of the traditional (and now rare) village-made and man-powered, like a treadmill, ‘Ferris wheels’ whose Sinhala name I forget but may be something like anchilawa ?? Maybe this traditional activity can be included in your list?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2017 at 15:47 #

      Hi Cedric, I’m sending you the PDF now. Check in a few mins.

      Haha, I know the ferris wheel you’re talking about although the name escapes me right now. “Onchillaawa” means “swing”, by the way.

  141. Robert May 2, 2017 at 20:42 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Well done with another idea. This keeps interest alive and does wonders for the motivation. It also makes one go to the main texts and work out some more Sinhala detail!

    Please can I have the .pdf in due course.

    Kind regards


    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 8, 2017 at 11:13 #

      Thanks for the comment, Robert. Apologies for the delay, I was working on the Numbers in Sinhala post. Sending you the PDF now. It’s too late for this year’s but hopefully it should come in handy for next year’s Sinhalese new year celebrations.

  142. Tatiana December 25, 2017 at 11:36 #

    Thanks, Dilshan. I read this article each year before the New Year to recall the vocabulary.
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

  143. Mia April 10, 2018 at 22:22 #

    Any chance that you’re going to update the Auspicious Times chart for 2018? Or can you direct me to another source where I can find this information? I’m excited to celebrate the Sinhalese New Year this year, but want to make sure I do it right.
    And thank you SO MUCH for this site and the work you put into it. I’m really enjoying learning Sinhala!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 10, 2018 at 23:03 #

      Yes, Mia. Planning on updating this tomorrow (i.e. the 11th). Think you can hang on till then? :)

      Glad you’re enjoying my work. This site was made for motivated folk like you.

      Speak soon.

  144. Lianne April 11, 2018 at 15:05 #

    Hi Dilshan, Kohomada?

    I’ve only just started learning Sinhala and you’re making it easier than I expected it to be so THANKYOU!
    Even though my boyfriend laughed at me the first time I tried speaking to him in his native tongue I would still like to surprise him by wishing him a happy new year and knowing about the games he’ll be playing, so I’d really appreciate a copy of the PDF please.

    Also do you think there’s a chance that any of the traditional sweets would still be edible after a week’s journey in the post to England or shall I just not ask him to send me any? They do look yummy and I’m kind of addicted to coconut since I visited Sri Lanka!

    Thanks again


    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2018 at 00:40 #

      Lianne, “First they’ll laugh at you, then they’ll ask you how you did it”. So chin up, you’re doing the right thing by trying.

      By post, I don’t know if the most of those sweets would survive. I have taken them with me during the time I lived in Europe but that was just a 11 hour flight. But I’m sure you’ll find loads of Sri Lankan shops in England, right? Or just score yourself an invite to your local SL Community Association’s new year celebration.

      Check your inbox for the PDF. Thanks for your comment and keep me updated on your progress.

  145. Helen Garea April 12, 2018 at 01:36 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you so much for the pre-notice of the Sri Lankan New Year. I was aware it was coming but as New Zealand is always ahead of the rest of the world in time, often when special occasions arrive it is too late for me. So now I do not have to look through all my emails to find help with what I want to say.
    I enjoy being able to chat with my friend about the activities that take place at times like this and it makes him feel he is special to me that I make the effort to know.

    I will be lighting a lamp and cooking a special Sri Lankan curry (although I have to take care with the chilies as last time my family were hit hard lol) perhaps the milk rice maybe a better option!

    o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak


  146. Tania April 13, 2018 at 11:49 #

    I wish a wonderful Sinhala and Tamil New Year to you Dilshan, your family and all readers and subscribers of Lazzy But Smart Sinhala.
    Suba Aluth Auwrudhdhak Veva!

  147. Martin April 13, 2018 at 16:33 #

    Hi Dislhan,

    I hope you are already enjoying the New Year time, thanks a lot for this update. This year we stay in Czech Republic, Europe, but hopefully from next year we might be staying in Sri Lanka so I am looking forward to practise all the habbits accoriding to your guides. Would you pls send me copy to be ready?

    Have a great time, Martin

  148. Angelika April 13, 2018 at 17:43 #

    Dear Dilshan,
    Suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa!
    Thank you so much for this post and for this very interesting and useful information.Tonight I will try to wish my Sri Lankan friends a Happy New Year in Sinhala, just I need to practice a bit, otherwise they won’t understand me))) Please be so kind to send me the pdf-file with new year games.
    By the way, can you tell us, what is the upcoming year number, I suppose it won’t be 2018?

  149. Lianne April 14, 2018 at 22:31 #

    Hi Dilshan

    My boyfriend was so surprised I knew about wearing blue, and about Kiribath and all the other foods and games, he was really confused (but pleased)

    Also he didn’t laugh at me when I wished him happy new year, so thankyou for your great teaching. It’s so hard with Google translate or apps as they don’t really capture the proper meaning sometimes, but I feel like you really care about helping us get it right… I’m so happy I joined your tribe x

  150. Taru April 15, 2018 at 08:52 #

    Dear Dilshan,
    Suba aluth auwrudhdhak vewa!

    Thanks to you I was able to wish my Sri Lankan friend a happy new year in Sinhala.
    You are doing a great job with making the language so simple and comprehensible for non-sinhalese people like me, (Mage rata Indiyava :)) and learning is very enjoyable with your online videos and blogs, not to mention your bonus content. Looking forward for the PDF file for games. When I visit Sri Lanka hopefully during the new year will bring many sweets for you.

  151. Angie February 8, 2019 at 06:55 #

    Dilshan! Your lessons are the best – just today I learned that when my mother begs me to at least wake up by “dhaval” she doesn’t mean morning, but rather noon. Her expectations for me are lower than I thought! :D But anyways, I would love that PDF!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 9, 2019 at 17:49 #

      Haha, I envy you for being able to sleep till late. Ever since I got married (probably just a coincidence) I’ve never been able to sleep in. Once I wake up, I can’t go back to sleep.

      Check your inbox for the PDF. I also asked you a question in it.


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