Avurudu or New Year and Easter remind us of the East and our oriental culture. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year day is the day the Sun transits from the zodiac Pisces to the zodiac Aries to begin a new year cycle. The dawn of the New Year occurs at the point the transit takes place.
The New Year is an occasion for new resolutions for a new leaf in life. It is also a good time to look at our scriptures, chronicles and national policy statements. In such a context a look at the Mahinda Chintana Vision for the Future the Government’s national policy statement is relevant. Says the Mahnida Chintana Vision for the Future:“In ancient times our Buddhist monasteries were seats of learning that spread the teaching of the Buddha to the rest of Asia.