” The most beautiful things in life are not just things. They are people and places, memories and pictures. They are feelings and moments and smiles and laughter.”
As the golden sunrise embraced the grounds of the world giving life to another beautiful morning, the day which everyone was looking forward dawned. It could have been yet another ordinary twenty-four-hour-period for the outside arena but for those who are the undergraduates of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, it appeared out to be a day of celebration. On 30th March 2017 “Haritha Wasanthaya” the annual New Year festival organized by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences took place at the department premises. The event was successfully organized by the first years and coordinated by the second years of the department.
This occasion was graced by the presence of Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dr D. P. S. Chandrakumara, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and staff members of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and other academic members and students representing all departments of the faculty. The interesting discussion with Dr Praneeth Abeysundara about the importance of the New Year and the folk games turned out to be an informative and interesting session.
As the celebration commenced there were so many games and plays which soon filled the place with hundreds of smiling faces. The dancing items and the enchanting music brought a sense of refreshment to the surrounding. The traditional beating of drums added much more colour to the event. The climax of the function turned up as the “Haritha Kumara” and “Haritha Kumariya” were announced and definitely it was a hard task to select an individual out of the enthusiastic, gleeful freshers.
Behind all accomplishments, there’s an untold story of those who worked hard in silence and let success be the noise. Proving this there were a number of people who put their strength and sweat into the occasion. Prior to the event, the talented youngsters produced a song and a drama which were admired and rated highly by thousands of viewers. These personalities are the backbone of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Sciences. They were the crowd who stayed positive and believed in the good work until the very last minute. They are the ones who dreamt big and made the impossible a reality. So this is a big round of applause to them. To those who hit the ground running, leaving all the obstacles in the dust. To the brave and talented foresters who are always ready to face the unknown barriers, to the young minds that enjoy the ride even if the journey is hard or soft and fast or slow; hats off for your attempts!
It is definitely beyond any doubt that “Haritha Wasanthaya” is one of the memorable days for a person in his university life. “Haritha Wasanthaya” itself gifted loads of unforgettable and cherished moments of festivity and merriment.
We at J’pura Flames would like to make an early wish for a prosperous and a Happy New Year to everyone over there and to appreciate the organizers of “Haritha Wasanthaya” for bringing delight to our very own sisters and brothers. Keep up the good work and come up with even more novel ideas!