2017 Mar 8
Everyday should be a day to celebrate women, for without us the world would be empty (quite literally because, duh, we bring humans into the world); the world would have an unlimited number of egocentric little boys, who’d never be challenged by a real woman; there’d be no loving mothers who’d do anything and everything for you. In a nutshell, you wouldn’t exist and even if you did, you’d be a lost soul.
In the spirit of celebrating Women’s Day, here are few reasons why I am so fortunate and so happy to be a Lankan woman.
1. We can rock sarees, no matter what body type we are
Before you girls can argue with me, hear me out. Society may think that you need a flat tummy, and an hour glass figure to look perfect in a saree. But honestly, every woman that I have seen wearing a saree, regardless of whether she’s “skinny” or “curvy” or “fat” (all useless labels, tbh), looks beautiful in it. She looks elegant and classy, and when she wears a Kandyan saree, she’s perfect.
2. There are so many inspirational Sri Lankan women out there
Girl Power at it absolute finest! We’ve seen a 16 year old Lankan girl complete a women’s snowboarding race at the Asian Winter Games, a Lankan, Rohini Kosoglu, being named as a deputy chief of staff in the US, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest and Nilakshi Parndigamage took up office as the Dean of Ezra Stiles College, which is located in Yale University BTW. These are all accomplishments that happened in the span of a year. Think of all the fierce Lankan women before that! Otara, Iranganie Serasinghe, Rosy Senanayake, and so many more!
3. Our natural tan means we never have to go through the woes of spray tanning or self tanning or all that…
This is for all the tan women in Lanka (which is actually most of us). We naturally have the exotic tans that Westerners attempt to get, through the use of spray tans, tanning creams, and everything else out there that helps them get to our complexion. For the fair skinned women in Lanka; girls, we’re lucky because we live in a tropical country. If you want a tan, all you need to do is go to the beach and chill for a little while and you’re all good to go.
4. We are the best doctors/nurses around
Go ask your mom what to do about treating a wound, dealing with a cramp or nursing the worst possible stomach ache. She knows the ABCs and the 123s to every single cure in the book. From using kumarika, to kohomba, to knowing exactly when to take a Panadol, Lankan moms (aka Lankan women) are the best.
5. Our multi tasking skills are surreal
Other than of course being able to text, walk, talk, get dressed and do so many other things all at the same time, us Lankan ladies have phenomenal sleuthing skills. We’re all going to grow into the snooping aunties we all fear at some point in our lives 😛
6. Being Avurudu Kumari makes you feel like a princess
Albeit we feel like queens all day, every day, it’s only in Lanka that we get to celebrate Avurudu in such a culturally amazing way and that we get crowned Avurudu Kumari, donning the beautiful flowers and the one of a kind redda-hetta duo.
There are so many more reasons to why I love being a Lankan woman and I know you ladies out there would agree with me. So here’s a shout-out to all the beautiful women out there. Each and every one of you is flawless because what you may perceive as flaws, are the very things that make you perfect. And this one specially goes out to all the Lankan ladies out there, because girls, y’all are unique and one of a kind and no one can ever take that away from you. Happy Women’s Day and here’s to strong women! May we know them, may we be them and may we raise them!