New Year is here again!
In the recent past, our society has continued to
display a steady alienation from our wholesome traditional
practices. A prominent victim of this distressful negligence is the
New Year Festival. Year after year, our collective zeal and fervour
for New Year celebrations have perceptibly declined.
New Year rekindles lustre of life
The white feathered dove is the symbol of peace
the world over. For the Tamils and Sinhalese there is also another
bird which is a symbol of joy and peace the ‘Koha’ with its long
drawn stuccato chirrup is the precursor of new year. Many countries
specially Asia have their own new years day.
Jungle fowl, the national emblem of Sri Lanka
The International Council for Bird Preservation
(ICBP) at its 14th conference, held in Tokyo in June 1960
unanimously passed a resolution selecting the Jungle Cock (an
endemic species) as the emblem of the Ceylon branch.