Though Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is celebrated in April, the international New Year is also welcomed, in the same way as in the western world, with parties among friends and fireworks. Drinks and snacks are served privately, young locals love drums and bongos on this occasion. Even Sri Lanka`s traditional mask dancers occasionally perform on this international festival day. Many hotels arrange some New Year Eve soirees for their guests.
Not surprisingly, Colombo is also the capital of Sri Lanka`s NYE celebrations and fireworks. The most popular parties among locals and tourists alika are at the beaches, particularly Galle Face Green in the northern end and Mount Lavinia at the southern end of Colombo’s coastal area are the New Year celebration hotspots of Sri Lanka. Galle Face Hotel has alyways been famous for having a huge party.
Bentota’s comfortable holiday resorts organize Western style New Year Eve parties, too, Hikkaduwa and Unuwatuna also have a few in a more private atmosphere. Their beech soirees are cheaper than in Colombo and Bentota. Among locals, the sandy beaches in the Down South have become increasingly popular for NYE celebrations in recent years. Groups of Sinhalese and Tamil friends like to spend the bank holiday here outside Colombo City.
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