Avurudhu Celebrations

Suba Aluth Avurudak wewa was the chant on everyone’s lips as we started our special celebration for the Sri Lankan New Year. Two little girls Anasha and Zainab paid tribute to all the elders by greeting them with a bulath leaf. Then Nihal , Shiela , Hatim, and Indrani who have attended almost every session of The Senior Station lit the traditional oil lamp on behalf of all the other members.
Now it was time for the session to begin. Our usual exercise session took an upbeat note with some baila music. Sheila cannot be held back when there is music. She soon took to the floor with her incredible dance steps and had other members shaking a leg too.
We had special Avurudu games lined up for today – A jumble word quiz with a twist, because the answers were names of traditional Avurudu foods. Teams then had to send in their representatives for the bun eating competition and pin the tail to the donkey quest. There were hoots and cheers in the air as the teams battled it out.
There was a challenge from the members for The Senior Station organisers to also play the pin the donkey game. Shahnaz was blind-folded and put to the task. Little did she know that the cheeky members turned the donkey upside down and she ended up pinning the tail to the donkey’s hoof.
The last challenge for the day was a garland making competition; and while the creative hands were at work, Farook, Claude, Raja, Nilhan, Indrani and Shiela made the tables their drums and regaled us with lovely folk songs. In the midst of laughter and song our Avurudu Kumarayas and Kumari paraded the beautifully crafted garlands for all to see.
After all that fun and frolic everyone indulged in kiribath, hakuru, kokis, konda kavum and many other delicious Avurudu treats which were all beautifully laid out. The Senior Station will close till May 8th 2018. But what lovely memories to take with us through the holidays.

 

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Game of Fears

Today at the Senior Station we had Nisreen back with us who started the session with some deep breathing exercises and easy stretches.  We decided to test our Senior’s memory skills.  Our members were divided into four teams where each team was given a pack cards.  They needed to make pairs by matching a red and black card.  Wow, we had set aside 45 minutes for this, but our very alert Seniors finished the game in 20 minutes.

Next on the program was “Game of fears”. Nyctophobia, Nomophobia, Cynophobia, phobias that we didn’t even know existed.  Once again, our Seniors were not to be out done, two teams completed the game with 100% correct answers in identifying the different phobias.

The first Tuesday of a month is celebration day. We celebrate 6 birthdays in April; Dolly, Gamini, Husseina, Sheila, Deepthi and our own Farida. A mouth-watering chocolate cake sponsored by Farida was cut by all.

Last but not least, we had Rapti Fernando on the key boards playing popular numbers of the 60s and 70s which had our members singing, rollicking and dancing to their heart’s content.  Thank you very much Rapti for so graciously entertaining our members. We look forward to having you with us again!

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