National oil anointing ceremony on April 17

The national oil anointing ceremony will take place on April 17 at 7.40 am at Kalutara Bombuwala Shri Subodhi Rajarama Maha Viharaya, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

The ceremony is jointly organized by the Health Ministry, Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Department of Ayurveda.

Oil anointing is one of the key traditions of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The main objective of the festival is to promote health and to wish the people a long life.

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