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  PRDA Avurudu festival 2009
   
  The annual PRDA Avurudhu Festival 2009 was held on April 30th 2009 at the PRDA Chilaw Centre women from CBO's in Gampaha, Puttalam, Chilaw and women from as far away as Mirissa congregated at the PRDA Centre by around 10am in the morning. The hot sun did not seem to have an effect on them. They were chirpy, energetic and out to have some fun.
   
  Mr Sunimal Fernando and Mrs Shanti Fernando graced the occasion with their presence. Under their auspices the Avurudhu festival got under way Uttara assisted the women to organise a dazzling array of games from the Bun eating   contest to the sack race to the lime and spoon race. The participants let themselves go, and forgot they were under the spotlight or the sunlight in this case. The outdoor games culminated in the tug of war contest which was hotly contested. The Gampaha team won the closely contested event, proving that the might of Gampaha women was at its height.
   
  With the afternoon sun burning us out, we moved into the cool interior of the PRDA centre and had lunch. The afternoon session featured some exciting events as well. The baloon dance was a much loved event where two people had to balance a balloon between their foreheads and dance to the music. After and enthralling dance a winner was selected after almost forty minutes of dance which eliminated many hopefuls. Then came the key event for the day. The contest to select the Avurudhu Kumari, Manjula Uttara's husband and myself were appointed as judges of the contest. Many beauties dressed in the traditional Redda and Hatta contested in the event. We as judges found it hard to pick a winner and the runners up, as we were dazzled by the beauty of the contestants finally we picked a young damsel off the catwalk as the winner of this hotly contested event.
   
  Everybody was treated to ice cream which Kithsiri had carefully procured from the Chilaw town. The festival came to a close with the prize giving which ended around 4.30 pm. The lovely ladies headed home in buses and vans after enjoying a day that would be remembered for the rest of the year.
   
  by Kishan Ratnayake
   
 

CBO members in Avurudu Kreeda (Festival of games and sports)

   
 
 
Avurudu Kumari contest   Children at bun eating contest
     
 
During kana mutti contest   During tug of war contest
     
   
 
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