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Month: April 2015

Galle Fort Flea Market

Galle Fort Flea Market

By Royston Ellis

The first Sunday of every month is a good time to visit Galle Fort; that’s when the cobbled, tree-shaded square in front of the law courts is turned into an informal market, a tropical miniature version of the Flea Markets of Paris and London’s P...

Sri Lanka’s Cuckoo

Sri Lanka’s Cuckoo

By Royston Ellis

From now until August, the unmistakable, intrusive call of Sri Lanka’s cuckoo heralds the New Year season, and (as with the cuckoo announcing Spring in England), it is an essential part of nature’s seasonal ritual and chorus. This equivalent of t...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

By Royston Ellis

Monday 13 April is a public holiday marking the start of the Sinhalese and Tamil (Buddhist and Hindu) New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka, with New Year Day (also a public holiday) being Tuesday 14 April. In Sinhala, the official name for the commemor...

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