History & Culture
Winning Big At Wordplay
While #Scrabble is relatively popular as a leisure activity, it is not yet widely acknowledged as a competitive sport in Sri Lanka. However, with local players winning big at international tournaments, this is slowly beginning to change. Meet Sri Lanka’s Scrabble champions!
Stories From A Haunted Island: Everything You Need To Know If You’re Celebrating Halloween In Sri Lanka
Spooky season is here! Even though Sri Lanka does not traditionally celebrate Halloween, it has its fair share of horror stories. Here are some of those stories that Roar has published over the years.
How The Sri Lankan Wedding Industry Became Indispensable
It’s been a rough four years for the wedding industry to contend with. In 2018, Sri Lanka was voted the best country in the world to visit, and the industry geared up for an influx of destination weddings.
A History Of Electricity In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s electrical needs took a hard hit this year. With daily islandwide power cuts as a result of the ongoing economic crisis, as well as power plants repeatedly breaking down, you wouldn’t think a country that established its first public electricity supply more than a hundred years ago would be so prone to collapse.
Making Angampora A Ring Sport
“Our main focus is on bringing out the technical aspect by breaking some of the traditional barriers that have kept this art a secret from the world.”
Why Colombo’s Neighbourhood Salons Will Never Go Out Of Style
My mum never referred to Salon Naresh by its actual name, so I only ever knew it as “Shobi’s”. She would go to get her nails done at Shobi’s, or call and schedule a haircut at Shobi’s, or take me to get my fringe trimmed at Shobi’s. From the age of four, I sat in a black leather swivel chair, flipping through piles of imported fashion and beauty magazines, watching women be transformed into whomever they wanted to be — at Shobi’s.
‘Wadakaha Sudiya’: The1955 Solar Eclipse Hoax
What do you get when you combine a solar eclipse, fake news and colourism? Islandwide chaos — and, for Wally Bastianz, a hit baila song.
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