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In Pictures: Ramadan In Colombo

For Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan means more than fasting from dawn till sunset. Visiting mosques and observing spiritual activities are…

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Ramadan For Beginners: FAQ About The Islamic Holy Month

It is that time of the year again, when samosas become a staple for Muslims all over Sri Lanka, and the streets come alive…

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Crow Island Makes A Comeback

For an island, we have a surprising number of islands. Pigeon Island. Slave Island. Taprobane Island. And also, Crow Island. Except, Crow Island isn’t…

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Timber Tales: Traditional Lankan Furniture And Their Origins

When we think of traditional Sri Lankan furniture, our thoughts often go straight to the wooden chairs and storage chests that harken to the…

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In Pictures: Making Vesak

Every year, millions of Buddhists across the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. In Sri Lanka, where Theravada Buddhists make…

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The Kaleidoscopic World Of Vesak Pandals

Vesak, the festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Lord Buddha, is celebrated with great fervour by the country’s majority Buddhist populace. This…

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In Pictures: Pettah During Avurudu Season

As the season of koels and kavili dawned upon this sweltering hot month, people preparing for the New Year had a number of things on their minds…

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Of Ancient Serpent Worshippers And Auspicious Times

The Sri Lankan New Year (Avurudu to the Sinhalese, Puthu Varudam to the Tamils) is perhaps the country’s biggest cultural celebration: a coming together…

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Curious Crustaceans: Fascinating Crab Stories From Long Ago

When we Sri Lankans think of crabs, we invariably think of the edible kind from our seas and lagoons that make such a scrumptious…

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Accidental Archaeological Discoveries

The average citizen is too powerless to make history in any way but by accident. The professional archaeologist can have the abstract glory of…

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Kataragama Devale And The Story Of Sri Lanka’s Warrior God

By now, I have brushed past the forests in south-eastern Sri Lanka a couple of times. Unlike fellow foreign travellers, my trips there weren’t…