Avurudu Uthsawaya in Hali Ela

Avurudu — New year
Uthsawaya — celebration
Hali Ela — a town in the Uva province

To find where it is, I had to ask locals: Avurudu uthsawaya thiyenne koheda? — Where is Avurudu Uthsawaya?

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This is called rabana.

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This round thing is called vii bissa (vii -- rice seeds). This is used to store rice seeds.

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Jelly eating competition. In Sinhala: Jelly kame tharangaya. Tharangaya is competition.

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The competitors run, then grab a glass of jelly, eat it as fast as they can, and then run back.

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Finished her jelly.

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He is not in a hurry to win. Enjoying his jelly instead.

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Another game: the kids should bring water with their hands from the pots behind them and fill the bottles. In Sinhala, this game is called Bothalayata wathura pirawiime tharangaya. Pirawiime means filling. To fill is purawanna.

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My colleague. A photographer in Sinhala is kamerakarea (cameraman). He is taking pictures -- Eya pintura gannawa. May I take a picture of you? -- mama oyage foto ekak gannada?

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They will throw eggs to each other.

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Boys stay in one line; girls in another. First, the boys throw the eggs and the girls catch them. Then the girls throw and the boys catch, etc. After each round they go a few steps away from each other, so the distance between the lines increases.

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Finally, when they are far from each other, they throw their eggs simultaneously. In Sinhala, this game is called Biththara Alliima. Alliima -- catching. To catch is allagannawa.

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The field after the game.

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Boys wearing T-shirts with "Sri Lanka" written on them. I often see T-shirts here with either Sri Lankan flag or "Sri Lanka" or "I love Sri Lanka". I have never seen anyone in Inida wearing a T-shirt with "I love my India". I was searching for such a T-shirt in shops but couldn't find it. Also in Malaysia, nobody wears a T-shirt that says "Saya suka Malaysia" (I love Malaysia).

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Kana Mutti. Recently, I also played this game.

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This girl almost hit the crew 🙂

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This is Kotta pora. Kotta is pillow, pora is fighting.

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Uva is the name of the province.

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Pictures of Hali Ela

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In the bus. After New Zealand, I especially enjoy public transport in Asia. No need to book days or weeks in advance in the Internet with a credit card. No need to check schedules: buses run every few minutes. Ticket prices are much much cheaper than airplane flights.

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Published in: on 17/04/2012 at 07:21  Comments (2)  

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thanks for your visit. I am from Haliela, I can sent you more photos of Haliela.

  2. I would like to see more photos of Hali Ela


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