New year in Sri Lanka (or Sinhala New Year) – ‘Aluth Avurudhu’ usually falls on either 13th or 14th April every year. According to Sinhalese mythology, the New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (The house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (The house of Aries). Sinhala and Tamil New Year or Aluth Avurudu rituals begin with observance of Nonagatha (inauspicious time). People go to temples and perform religious rites to receive the blessing. The most important custom during this period is to offer betel to the parents and elders and to worship them. It is considered as a token of love and gratitude.
DSCSC celebrates the New Year festival at the College premises just before the termination of the Term 1 with the participation of all Officers, Other Ranks, Civilians Staff and their families. The festival consists of mostly by the traditional games and rituals. All members of the DSCSC take part in, as much of traditional games, wearing National dress and enjoy eating the traditional food laid out for them on this special day. A Student Committee is appointed to organize the New Year festival at the College.
To develop the professional knowledge and understanding of selected Student Officers from the Three-services, Sri Lanka Police, Friendly Foreign Countries and other Public Institutions in order to prepare them for appointments on Command and on Staff, whilst imparting knowledge on government procedures and other public sectors.
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“To be an institution preparing today’s emerging leaders to meet the defence and security challengers of tomorrow with interdisciplinary defence skills that best serve the Tri-Services, state sector, and societal security needs at large”.
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