Celebrating a happy new year in Sheffield the Sri Lankan way

Sri Lanka New Year . Manalika Jayawarda,Thiruni Krisnaratne and Shantha Liyanage at the Sri Lanka New Year celebration held at the Batemoor and Jordanthorpe  Community Centre
Sri Lanka New Year . Manalika Jayawarda,Thiruni Krisnaratne and Shantha Liyanage at the Sri Lanka New Year celebration held at the Batemoor and Jordanthorpe Community Centre
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ALUTH Avurudhu – or a Happy New Year to Sheffield’s Sri Lankan community.

Sri Lankan families came together to see in their new year at a party held in Batemoor and Jordanthorpe Community Centre.

The centre in Dyche Lane was full with revellers in traditional Sri Lankan dress. Guests enjoyed authentic cuisine and took part in games, beauty contests and dancing.

Joseph Jay, who helped organise the event, said it was great fun – if a little messy at times.

“One of the games was to break pots which we hung from goal posts,” he said.

“Some contained sweets, the others milk.

“We had to break them with a baseball bat while blindfolded!

“Another event was to eat a cream bun without touching it with our hands. It was all over the place!”