There were many options for New Year celebrations in Colombo this year ranging from dinner, dancing, live music, parties on the beach, festive gatherings at home and more. I did a bit of "all of the above" over the New Year's holidays and hit the beach on New Year's Day with the masses. I don't know about you, but it's always good to take a moment to reminisce and reflect on the year just passed and also to contemplate a few New Year's resolutions.
I did my reflecting and contemplating on Mount Lavinia beach. I thought it was going to be relaxed and somewhat quiet, but it turned out to be buzzing with locals and some tourists. There was a real festive feel and some beach establishments played music, while families and groups of people either frolicked in the water, played beach cricket or rugby, or played in the sand. I was surprised to see a couple of horses on the beach for children to pay to ride.
This time of year it's pretty calm in the water so it's a good time for a swim. I also like that Mount Lavinia beach now has lifeguards monitoring a stretch of the beach. Lately, I've been frequenting this beach a lot more than I used to - probably because I have a ton of friends who live down this way and I've been hanging out with them over the festive season.
In some countries the recreational use of firecrackers is banned, but not in Sri Lanka, so it makes for a cracking time during New Year's and other festive occasions. This New Year's my neighborhood was literally going off like a rocket! Lots of young lads and some adults had clearly bought up big in preparation for New Year's Eve (and the following few evenings).
Let's just say... there was interrupted sleep for consecutive nights. I woke up in fright a few times, and I even heard a few babies wailing in upset during the wee hours of the morning. Oh for the love of open window houses in tropical countries, not! I felt a little sorry for the stray dogs and cats in the area because all the firecrackers must have scared them too - you could hear the dogs whining in fear. But, as my next door neighbor said to me one morning
"Aiyo what to do! What can we do ne!? It's like this every New Year's"And so it is love, so it is .
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