Glossary

Nallur

Is a town in the northern Jaffna district located 3 km south of the city centre of Jaffna. It is the home to the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, a popular place of worship and the largest Shiva temple on the peninsula. It is famous for being the historical capital of the old Jaffna Kingdom and birthplace of renowned philosopher and theologian Arumuka Navalar.

Origin:

Tamil

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National costume

The national costume in Sri Lanka is a knee-length, long sleeved, white shirt without collars, worn over a white sarong

Origin:

English

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Navam

Navam poya is the full moon day in the lunar month of Navam (in February). Navam was when the Lord Buddha, for the first time, proclaimed a code of fundamental ethical precepts for monks. The Buddha announced that within three months His Parinibbana (or death) will take place.

There are twelve or thirteen poya days per year. Their names correspond to the Buddhist lunar months of the same name. They are VesākPosonEsalaNikiniBinaraVapIllUnduvapDuruthuNavamMedin and Bak.

If a month has two full moon days, the name of the second one is preceded by Adhi (meaning extra in Sinhala) as in Adhi Navam poya, etc.

Origin:

Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese

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Nikini

Nikini poya is the full moon day in the lunar month of Nikini (in August). Nikini commemorates three months after the passing away of The Buddha. It also marks the conducting of the first Dhamma Sangayana (council or convocation) when 500 monks met at the Sattapanni cave in Rajagahanuwara on a Nikini Full Moon Poya day in order to settle the Buddhist canon.

There are twelve or thirteen poya days per year. Their names correspond to the Buddhist lunar months of the same name. They are VesākPosonEsalaNikiniBinaraVapIllUnduvapDuruthuNavamMedin and Bak.

If a month has two full moon days, the name of the second one is preceded by Adhi (meaning extra in Sinhala) as in Adhi Nikini poya, etc.

Origin:

Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese

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