Saturday, November 17, 2012

Traditions of a 'House-warming' ceremony, Sri Lanka.

Lighting-up the brass lamp.

Placing the pot of milk on a make-shift hearth.

Lighting-up the hearth.

The pot of milk boiling over.
Entry to a new residence is associated with so many traditions in Sri Lanka. An auspicious day and time are chosen by an astrologer. The brass-lamp is lighted at the specified time. The pot of milk is placed on a make-shift hearth and the hearth lighted up. The milk boiling over equally all round the rim of the clay pot is considered a good sign. The table covered with sweet-meats already prepared is uncovered and the guests enjoy the meal.