|New Year Brunch|
"What? Happy New Year?"
"Bless has lost her marbles! Staying home has got to her!"
"Hello! It's the middle of April, Bless!"
සුභ අලුත් අවුරුදක් වේවා! (Suba Aluth Awuruddak Wewa!)
Happy Sri Lankan cultural New Year! May it be a happy, prosperous, and healthy year for us all!
It is traditionally celebrated on the 13th and 14th of April. It is believed to have originally started out as a harvest festival to celebrate the year's first harvest of rice. Over the years, it evolved to be the start of the cultural new year that was celebrated by the country's Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic groups. It is still known as the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, although I prefer to refer to it as the Sri Lankan New Year. Traditionally, it is a festive time, marked with auspicious times for various rituals, paying respect to our parents by offering them betel leaves and receiving blessings from them, of visiting family members, new clothes in auspicious colors, lots of traditional games and special festive food. It is a time I used to look forward to, when I was a child and the New Years I remember are those from my childhood.
Today, I celebrated it by myself, and made the traditional milkrice and a spicy onion sambol (seeni sambol). I didn't make any of the traditional sweet treats, however - no kavum (oil cakes) or kokis (like Swedish rosettes) or athirasa (a different type of oil cake). But, I set the table with the traditional brass oil lamp, which is usually lit with with cotton wicks and coconut oil at an auspicious time, before the meal is eaten.
The meal was delayed, however, because I got dehydrated (again; when will I learn to drink enough water?), my pressure dropped, and I felt faint. After I drank a glass of water, ate an orange, and rested, I felt better, and was able to finish the cooking. I checked my pressure after I rested and it was 105/51, which was still low, but, better than before. I ate some of the milkrice and onion sambol, after I took the photo.
Later, I brought in the trash cans, checked the mail (all grocery ads, which I tossed into the recycle bin, right away) and texted M. I had planned to dust the family room and my bedroom, today, and water the indoor plants; I might do that a bit later. Need to do the dishes, too.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to celebrate the New Year
- Recognizing the signs of dehydration and being able to remedy it before it gets too bad!
- Happy memories
- A sunny and warm day
- Chatting with my daughter
How was your Tuesday?