Sri Lankan community celebrates New Year

Sri Lankan community celebrates New Year


Today is the Sri Lankan New Year festival. We collect all our crops and this is the time we relax. So that’s how this festival comes, so this is a relaxing time. All our traditions follow with this festival. We have our traditional food, and the traditional games. Our people love this. Two people climb on that pole, and they fight each other – that’s a very ancient game, people do this everywhere, every year in Sri Lanka. The vibe today has been great, there’s so many people here, the atmosphere is wonderful, there’s a lot of games, there’s been, just a real community feel. The department today has a stall here. We’re promoting the ‘Don’t be sorry’ campaign, and basically just giving out information to the Sri Lankan community about the recent changes to Australia’s migration policy. We’ve had lines and lines of people wanting to get their photo taken and get more information about the changes to our migration policy, it’s been fantastic. I always recommend ‘don’t feel sorry by coming by boat’, putting other people’s lives at risk, and you are taking a risk coming by boat, in the middle of the sea. There’s no point. Do the right thing. Come the right way. The simple message is: tell your friends and family overseas to come the right way to Australia. Don’t risk being sorry.

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