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A Group of Women Playing Raban (Tom-Tom)

Raban(Tom-Tom) playing by small groups of women, Ceylon

Raban (Tom-Tom) playing by small groups of women, Ceylon #IMG274

Tom Tom beating in Sinhalese new year

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Playing rabana (drums) to announce the time to start performing New Year rituals, a dying tradition in Sri Lanka.

New Year in Sri Lanka or the Sinhala New Year “Aluth Avurudhu” falls in April 13th or 14th. According to Sinhalese mythology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Aries) to Mesha Rashiya. It also marks the end of the harvest and spring. Rains enlivens the spirit of the nature as flowers bloom, trees get laden with fruits and bounties of farmers are full.

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