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Kelaniya; the focus of the Duruthu festival


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Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day:

First visit of the Buddha

With much piety and reverence, the Sri Lankan Buddhists look forward to celebrate the Duruthu Full Moon Poya day which falls on January 22nd. The first poya day for the year, Duruthu Poya bears a special significance to Sri Lankans as it was on such a day that the Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka had taken place, over 2595 years ago, nine months after his Enlightenment.

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Nesting secrets of the cuckoos

However, in 1982 the Ceylon Bird Club placed on record authentic evidence that proved, once and for all, that the Black-headed Oriole is the local fosterer of this cuckoo. The best known of all resident cuckoos is the Indian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea), which is parasitic on the two local crows, i.e. House crow and the Black crow. The koel's egg is described as grayish-green, spotted with reddish brown.

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Food for thought

They provide a clue to the real physical appearance of the people who lived in this country 20-30 years ago. Other than a few, many of them have thin figures. And if you compare them with today's, you would see a vast difference. Plump figures with heavy stomachs that must contain gallons of fat could be seen walking on the streets. This is my personal study, which some might not agree with, but still, consider this as 'food for thought'. Fast food outlets all over the island are also responsible.

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