New year’s morning in Paradise
I’d barely served myself a pristine diamond of kiribath topped with spicy lunu miris
when my neighbour arrived with a plate piled high with traditional goodies
Those who know me know I’m the least superstitious of people, but I do love learning about – and even better, participating in – others’ traditions and customs. With red and white kiribath, and two varieties of bananas, I feel assured of an auspicious start to 2013.
I really don’t understand why bananas are a prerequisite for every celebration here in Sri Lanka – they just are, I’m told, and people go to extraordinary lengths to have their bananas just right on the day – burying them in pits, hanging them from the rafters, covering them in cloth. To me, a banana is nature’s perfectly packaged snack food, and like life, is robust yet surprisingly delicate, and full of delicious experiences which nurture our bodies and enliven our senses.
May the year ahead be filled with joy and stimulation, love, happiness and above all, good health.