Celebrating Sri Lankan New Year: A Message of Peace and Unity

Join Dr. Selva Pankaj as he extends heartfelt New Year wishes to the Sri Lankan community and shares his thoughts on peace, unity, and the significance of the Sri Lankan New Year.

London, UK

As the vibrant festivities of the Sri Lankan New Year unfold, my family and I extend our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating this auspicious occasion. Whilst I am a proud British citizen, my Sri Lankan heritage remains an integral part of who I am, and it is a joy to honour these roots during such a meaningful time.


This new year is particularly poignant, as we reflect on the peace that now graces Sri Lanka—a peace that my wife Tharshiny and I, both survivors of the civil war, hold dear. Having fled the turmoil of war, we understand the profound value of peace and the importance of unity and reconciliation in healing and building a thriving community.


In 2017, inspired by our journey from conflict to peace, Tharshiny and I founded the Global Unity Forum. Our mission with the forum is to foster unity, peace, and understanding across diverse nations and communities. As the Sri Lankan community, both at home and abroad, comes together to celebrate, it is our sincere hope that this New Year brings with it peace and prosperity for all, no matter where they are in the world.


During this festive season, let us remember the power of community and shared hope. Let us strive for a world where peace and harmony prevail, underpinning the aspirations and dreams of all its people.


Once again, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. May this new year be as bright and promising as the dawn of a new day.


Dr Selva Pankaj


What is the Sri Lankan New Year?

The Sri Lankan New Year, known as “Aluth Avurudda,” is a significant cultural and traditional celebration that marks the end of the harvest season and the spring equinox. This celebration is unique to the Sinhalese and Tamil people of Sri Lanka, involving various rituals, foods, and social activities that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the island. It’s a time of joy and renewal where families come together, reflectingon past achievements and setting new goals for the future. The festival is celebrated with great fervour across Sri Lanka and by Sri Lankan communities worldwide, promoting values of peace, unity, and shared prosperity.