Srilanka Post has issued four stamps to mark the Sinhala Hindu New Year which is celebrated by a majority of the people at a grand scale, especially at a time like this when Sinhala Tamil friendship has grown in leaps and bounds. This festival initially came to being as the festival of gratitude and worship to the Sun, which the ancient people believed was the owner and controller of all objects in the universe. The New Year dawns with the transmigration of the Sun from the house of Pisces to the house of the Aries, followed by people bathing after watching the new moon. The period of transmigration of the Sun from One house to the other is known as the ‘inauspicious’ period. There are no auspicious times during this period so, people do not do anything and instead engage in religious activities. This period is also known as the ‘Pious Period’ because people engage in religious activities.
Technical Details – Date of issue – 10th April, 2012 Denominations – Rs. 5.00 x 4 Designer – Mr. Piyaratne Hewabatage Size – 40 mm x 40 mm Printing process – Offset Lithography Sheet composition – 16 stamps (4 sets) per sheet Perforation – 13 ¼ Printer – Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka Colours – 4 process colours Paper – 102 gsm snow white security stamp paper with fibres Gum – PVA Quantity printed – 2,50,000 x 4 First Day Cover value – Rs. 40.00 Last date of sale – 10.04.2013