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.
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
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.
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.
CBO members in Avurudu Kreeda (Festival of games