（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 班晓旭）2022年4月17日上午，应斯里兰卡驻华大使帕利塔•科霍纳阁下邀请, 中外新闻社总裁韦燕、执行社长刘登臣、副社长陈熹、常务理事班晓旭、首席翻译张圣卿同巴基斯坦驻华大使莫因•哈克阁下、印度新任驻华大使罗国栋阁下等前往斯里兰卡驻华大使馆出席活动，分享斯里兰卡传统新年的快乐。
On the morning of April 17th, 2022, invited by His Excellency Dr. PalithaKohona, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China, President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan, Executive DirectorMr. Liu Dengchen, Vice President Ms. Chen Xi and Mr. Ban Xiaoxu and Chief Translator Ms. Albee Zhang as well as the Pakistani Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Moin UI Haque, Indian Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat and many other guests came to the Sri Lankan Embassy in China to attend the festival celebration of Sri Lankan traditional new year.
In April every year, it is the most important traditional festival in Sri Lanka - Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, which is equivalent to the traditional Chinese Spring Festival. On the day of the event, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China,Dr. PalithaKohona, delivered a warm speech. He said that New YearDay is a very important day for the Sri Lankan people. We have to fulfill our promises and seek better future. We are full of expectations on this New Year Day with our happy families and friends. We also wish our country to be prosperous and strong.
Every April, when the sun moves from Pisces into Aries, which marks the beginning of the new year's 12-month cycle. During this period, the sun shines directly on the land of Sri Lanka for a great harvest season. This festival, which combines religion, culture, history and many other factors, is recognized as the New Year by the two ethnic groups, Sinhalese and Tamil. According to the astrological divination, on the first day of the new year, people are getting up in the morning, cooking and eating, digging the first soil, planting the first tree, pouring the first bucket of water, including choosing the right location to cook the overflowing coconut milk rice etc.
The traditional custom of Sri Lankan New Year - boiling coconut milk cans. The host will choose an auspicious timeand also set the pot on the fire in a specific auspicious position. The pot must be overflowing with coconut milk, which locals believe heralds an overflowing year of happiness.
At the event, Mrs. Wei Yanhad friendly exchanges with ambassadors from various countries, shared the news articles of Home and Abroad News Press Ambassador’s Club just published in the Home and Abroad News magazine. All guests watched Sri Lankan traditional song and dance performances, and shared traditional Sri Lankan cuisines together.
70 years ago, China and Sri Lanka broke through many obstacles and signed the historic Rubber-Rice Agreement, opening the door to friendly exchanges between the two countries. February 7th marks the 65thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka. Since 65 years ago, the two countries have always respected, united and helped each other, and supported on issues of designing each other's core interests. During the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Sri Lanka have worked together and helped each other to overcome many challenges. The traditional friendship has been developed to a new level.
Wish Sri Lanka a safe and prosperous new year with tremedous harvest. Home and Abroad News Press will join hands with the Sri Lankan Embassy in China to take the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to further deepen traditional friendship and promote the improvement and upgrading of practical cooperation such as the joint construction of the "Belt and Road Initiative".