Sri Lanka Mission — Tamil New Year celebrations Sri Subramuniya Kottam

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On April 14, 2009, the Tamil New Year was celebrated at the Sri Subramuniya Kottam. Keeping the war situation in mind, celebration was kept simple. A puja was performed for Gurudeva to receive his blessings for the coming year.

The worship was attended by the Kottam students, teachers and devotees.

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All those who came for the puja received kai-visesam from Rishimatha Sivalosani Kanagaratnam afterwards. Kai-visesam is a Sri Lankan Tamil tradition, whereby Young people receive cash gifts from their elders, usually their parents, grandparents or an elder community leader.

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On Tamil New Year morning after visiting the temple, devotees will go and pay their respects to their elders to seek their blessings and advice for the coming year.

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After that, the elder will give them kai-visesam. It is believed receiving money on this day from an elder will bring them good luck for the coming year.

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After receiving kai-visesam the devotees at the Kottam were served food.


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