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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean which is a rugged land of rain forest, wildlife, beaches and mountains. Sri Lanka is the right location for great vacation.
Over the years Sri Lanka has been called “Paradise”, “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, “Heaven on earth” and now the “Wonder of Asia”.
We have many beautiful places that will take your breath away, you’ll wish your vacation in Sri Lanka would never end.
Only few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.

Culture

 

Hindu devotees engaging in Kavadiat a temple in Vavuniya

The culture of Sri Lanka dates back over 2500 years.[341] It is influenced primarily by Buddhism and Hinduism.[342] Sri Lanka is the home to two main traditional cultures: the Sinhalese (centred in the ancient cities of Kandy and Anuradhapura) and the Tamil (centred in the city of Jaffna). In more recent times, the British colonial culture has also influenced the locals. Sri Lanka claims a democratic tradition matched by few other developing countries.[343]

The first Tamil immigration was probably around the 3rd century BC.[342] Tamils co-existed with the Sinhalese people since then, and the early mixing rendered the two ethnic groups almost physically indistinct.[344] Ancient Sri Lanka is marked for its genius in hydraulic engineering and architecture. The rich cultural traditions shared by all Sri Lankan cultures is the basis of the country’s long life expectancy, advanced health standards and high literacy rate.[343]

Food and festivals

 
Sri Lankan rice and curry

Dishes include rice and curry, pittukiribath, wholemeal rotistring hoppers, wattalapam (a rich pudding of Malay origin made of coconut milk, jaggery, cashew nuts, eggs, and spices including cinnamon and nutmeg), kottu, and hoppers.[345] Jackfruit may sometimes replace rice. Traditionally food is served on a plantain leaf or lotus leaf.

Middle Eastern influences and practices are found in traditional Moor dishes, while Dutch and Portuguese influences are found with the island’s Burgher community preserving their culture through traditional dishes such as Lamprais (rice cooked in stock and baked in a banana leaf), Breudher (Dutch Holiday Biscuit), and Bolo Fiado (Portuguese-style layer cake).

In April, Sri Lankans celebrate the Buddhist and Hindu new year festival.[346] Esala Perahera is a symbolic Buddhist festival consisting of dances and decorated elephants held in Kandy in July and August.[347] Fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances are integral parts of the festival. Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Tamils celebrate Thai Pongal and Maha Shivaratri, and Muslims celebrate Hajj and Ramadan.

Languages

 
The distribution of languages and religious groups in Sri Lanka, 1981

Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka.[287] The Constitution defines English as the link language. English is widely used for education, scientific and commercial purposes. Members of the Burghercommunity speak variant forms of Portuguese Creole and Dutch with varying proficiency, while members of the Malay community speak a form of Creole Malay that is unique to the island.[288]

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