If it’s one thing most of us Sri Lankans enjoy during April is the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. With all the customs, the traditional games and the sweetmeats, avurudu is often more than just a holiday for most of us. But celebrations are no longer limited to the traditional ways anymore. Technology has made through to avurudu in fun and unique ways. You might remember last year’s list we did. This year, things took on a similar tone. Here’s how the Sinhala & Tamil new year was celebrated in the digital arena.
KohoKoho is an app that’s all about making sure you don’t miss out on any of the auspicious times during the new year. This year, the folks at SurfEdge made a few upgrades to the app. The smart compass for instance, helped users find the correct direction for each auspicious time.
Adding to that, KohoKoho also partnered up with the likes of Bear Appeal, PickMe, CIB and 99x Technology. Thanks to the partnership, users were given exclusive offers/discounts. If you like to know more about the app and try out yourself, click here.
When last we spoke about Helakuru, the team had introduced sinhala voice typing. Later that year, they even surpassed 3 million downloads too. The service has certainly come a long way.
If you’ve been a user for some time, then you’re probably familiar with their push notification updates.Basically, this is where they use push notifications to send out important news/updates through their app. Just like in 2017, Helakuru didn’t forget to do the same for this year’s avurudu celebrations, where users were notified of auspicious times for different activities.
3. #TeamKokis or #TeamKevum
Twitter always have something fun lined up for every new year. This time, we had the twitterverse taking sides over Kokis and Kevum.
— Ishara Isuru ?⚽? (@Ishisuru1) April 13, 2018
— ɐʞɐɹɐɥʇ uɐʎɐפ (@kpgtharaka) April 14, 2018
No matter who you choose to be with, I choose you forever..♥️
— Mastani (@Suvi_DimpleGirl) April 13, 2018
— Nazly Ahmed (@nazly) April 13, 2018
— ME Sutharsan ❣ (@SutharsanME) April 14, 2018
— Dialog Axiata (@dialoglk) April 13, 2018
Meanwhile, for those of us who reported to work on monday were a tad bit confused.
Is Colombo still on Avurudu vacation? Am I the only one going to work?
— Kalani Kumarasinghe (@KalaniWrites) April 16, 2018
4. Fantastic gadgets for Avurudu
Every month we make a list of cool gadgets that pretty much anyone can buy at an affordable price. For April, we decided to make an Avurudu edition of our “fantastic gadgets” monthly series. Here we covered wireless mice, earphones with brass stabilizer, quadcopters, etc. You can check out the full list here.
5. Geek Avurudu
Bummed about missing out on avurudu? Fear not. The “Geek Avurudu Celebrations” are happening this weekend. Organized by Gamer.lk and PRUVE comics, the event will take place for the 3rd consecutive year. Here, geeks get to cosplay as their favorite fictional character while enjoying everything that comes with the usual new year celebrations.
So what can we expect this year at Geek Avurudu? You can head over to Trace City on the 22nd to find out. But in case if you can’t make it, don’t worry. We at ReadMe will be there to cover the story.
So there you have it. These were some of the cool and interesting ways the tech community joined in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations. Do let us know if you feel like we’ve left anything out from the list. Until next time.
Featured Image Credits: Nazly Ahmed