Astrologically, Sinhala and Tamil New Year Aluth Avurudda symbolizes the transition of the Sun from Pisces to Aries. Department of Cultural Affairs has published following 2017 New Year auspicious times.
2017 New Year auspicious times
SIGHTING THE NEW MOON
It is advisable that the new moon should be sighted on Thursday 30th March for the new lunar year and on Friday 28th April for solar year.
BATHING FOR THE OLD YEAR
It is advisable to bath on Wednesday 12th April using concoction mixture with the juice of Neem leaves and spend the time commemorating the Gods of Destiny.
DAWNING OF THE NEW YEAR
The New Year will be dawn on Friday 14th April at 02.04 a.m.
THE NON –AUSPICIOUS PERIOD
The non – auspicious period will be from 07.40 p.m. on Thursday 13th April to 08.28 a.m. on Friday 14th April. Therefore partake of meals and all work should cease before 07.40 p.m. on Thursday 13th April and should engage in religious observances. During the latter part of the non auspicious period i.e. from 02.04 a.m. to 08.28 a.m. on Friday 14th April, is advisable to involve in New Year rituals such as commencement of work, transactions and partaking of meals as specified below.
It is advisable to light the hearth clad in gold color, facing North at 05.41 a.m. on Friday 14th April and prepare milk-rice with ghee and jaggery and sweets.
COMMENCEMENT OF WORK, TRANSACTIONS AND PARTAKING OF MEALS
It is advisable to commence work, transactions and partaking of meals at 07.05 a.m. on Friday 14th April, clad in white and blue facing north.
ANNOINMENT OF OIL ON THE HEAD
It is advisable to anoint oil and concoction mixture with Nuga leaves on the head at 11.04 a.m. on Saturday 15th April, facing north, clad in blue, while keeping Nuga leaves on the head and Karanda leaves under the feet and to bathe thereafter.
SETTING OUT ON EMPLOYMENT
It is advisable to set out on employment at 06.28 a.m. on Monday 17th April clad in white after a meal of milk-rice mixed with dee-kiri and ghee and a sweet facing north.
Alternative Auspicious Times Aurudu Nakath for 2017
To solve the recent controversy among Astrologers new alternative Auspicious Times have been proposed (9 April 2017)
( Please note that the above auspicious times have been calculated by the Auspicious Times Committee of the Department of Cultural Affairs based on the present standard Time and can be used throughout the island without change )
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We hope that you will observe these Auspicious Times during the New Year Festival time in April. You may also like to listen to Aurudu Songs- Download Sinhala Tamil New Year Aluth Aurudu songs: