Annual New Rice Festival of Sri Dalada Maligawa
Out Of the four main festivals held annually from the days of kings’ the annual new rice festival was held yesterday may 04th at Sri Dalada Maligawa.
At the latter part of December, a Perahara was conducted headed by the Hon Diyawadana Nilame and his retinue of Basnayake Nilames from Sri Dalada Maligawa to Pallekele where the barn is placed, as directed by the auspicious time prepared by the Nekath Mohottala. And the rice share was equally distributed.
After words on the first poyaday morning in the month of the year. I.e. early at 10.00a.m. Auspicious time, the milk rice was prepared and offered.
The New rice festival that descends from the ancient past as a tradition forms and important wealth paddy; Obtained from the paddy land and maintains great honour. As such the first small portion is cooked, prepared as milk rice and offered to the sacred tooth relic.