Another Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamils in Sri Lanka, Maha Shivaratri honors God Shiva and literally means ‘The Great Night of Shiva’.
Usually celebrated in February or March, the festival marks the overcoming of ‘darkness and remembrance’ in the world and in life. The day is spent in fasting, prayer, meditation and other such activities, where devotees stay awake at night in a vigil that honors God Shiva.
Maha Shivaratri is unlike other Hindu festivals and does not include any merry-making. In fact, very little food is consumed throughout the day and many people subsist on a diet of fruits and milk.
If you are planning a visit to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka next year, specifically in February (the festival is on the 14th), and you wish to experience Maha Shivaratri, a stay at The Thinnai All Suite Boutique Hotel will certainly be your best option. The hotel has a homely atmosphere with vernadahs open spaces and spacious rooms topped with personalized, attentive service from the staff.
Staying at the hotel will allow for the opportunity to engage in the observances of the day, as the staff will be happy to fill you in on them and even direct you to Hindu temples in the vicinity to witness the poojas and religious observances that mark the day.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to fast at the hotel as well! They serve ample meals ranging from traditional Sri Lankan and Tamil dishes to South Indian and international fare; so you really get the best of both worlds.
Maha Shivaratri is a memorable occasion for all Hindus; here’s making it a memorable one for you as well….