Lankan Times

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Culture

  • Sri Lanka's main meal is a large serving of rice(cooked in coconut milk) with up to twelve different side dishes of vegetables, egg, meat, or fish stewed together with peppers, spices, and often coconut milk.
  • A festival, named Kandy Perehera is held every year in late summer to honor the Tooth Relic of the Buddha.
  • Men work for income and women work for households
  • Marriage is traditionally made by the family of the couple
  • Lankan families practice bilateral inheritance which means they give a portion of their family possessions to all the children in the family.
  • Infants are traditionally kept with the mother or female relative.
  • The child is carried until they can walk and sleep with their mothers until school-age
  • The families leave the sacred under the Bo Tree where the Buddha found his enlightenment
  • Stilt fishing is a big tradition for the men, fish are a large part of the Sri Lankan diet.

How has the Sri Lankan Culture Change?

Since the early 1900's Sri Lanka has been at civil war between the Buddhist Sinhalese (government) and the Hindu Tamil (LTTE). In that over 26 year conflict over 70,000 civilians and soldiers have died. This war put a hold on tourism and many religious customs.

In the mid 1990's Sri Lanka changed from an agriculture based economy to an international market. Employing three quarters of the population in skilled crafting, factory/industry, and in unskilled labor. This movement brought many to the city and suburbs, leaving their rural life that has been in their family for generations.

In the late 20th century the large island started exporting goods, such as tea, rubber, and coconut produces. With Sri Lanka in the trade means less clean, natural beach and ocean for stilt fishing and swimming, and more ports for shipments.

Since the executive government has given the northern and eastern territory to the LTTE (Hindu Tamil) there has been many dangerous riots (for anti- Tamil) and bombings. This has put a scare and worry with big cultural gatherings like Black July and Kandy Perehera. In 2000, a suicide bomber killed 20 people including a cabinet member and wounded 60 others. While at a parade for War Heroes Day' to honor the soldiers that fought in the Civil War.


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