Pulling Ganu Denu throughout the year

Following the dawn of the New Year is lighting of the hearth, the preparation of meals, the exchange of money and consuming the first meal of the year.

The exchange of money, Ganu Denu is of significant importance for a number of reasons. Having gained the blessings from the elders, they in return would give money and commence the first financial transaction, in Sinhala ‘Ganu Denu’.

Going beyond the moment

The objective the Ganu Denu ritual is to add value to wealth throughout the year and intend to have it multiply the next. The creating of value does not merely stop at the exchange of money along with blessings, but would continue if one looked at the entire economy as a wholesome unit. At the end of the day it is about the entire community, to benefit one another from ones action and transaction. This is where one should ponder upon, purchases from ethical and sustainable sources, purchase that would uplift communities, investing in ethical and sustainable avenues, industries and instruments.

What is Ganu Denu?

While today is the handing over of straightforward cash of some amount place on beetle leaves, in the earlier days it was done quite differently.

In the ancient times it is the women who conducted this. The women of the house would drop a new coin, wrapped in clean cloth, into the well. She would then draw a bucket of water which would be used to fill a bottle, an instrument of her family’s wealth throughout the New Year.

Today, however, the norm is to make a token transaction with a fortunate business associate at the auspicious time.

Creating a real sharing economy

The ‘Sharing’ in the Sharing Economy refers to the use and access of shared physical or human resources or assets, rather than the fact that there is no monetary exchange. A Sharing Economy enables different forms of value exchange and is a hybrid economy. It encompasses the following aspects: swapping, exchanging, collective purchasing, collaborative consumption, shared ownership, shared value, co-operatives, co-creation, recycling, up-cycling and a lot more that is similar to the Ganu Denu process.

So by taking a step at a time, lets aim to bring about a robust economic system that is built around a long term vision, always considering the impact and consequences of present day actions on the future.

Dawn of the New Year

The transition of the Sun from the House of Pisces to the House of Aries marks the beginning of Aluth Avurudu (in Sinhala) and Puthandu (in Tamil) and is usually celebrated on April 14th every year. The Aluth Avurudu, which is the New year celebrated by the Sinhala and Tamil Community bring a number of best practices on the table, just the required kick start in the process of turning over a new page.

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