Tan Shaowei ➤ Talking about the Sri Lankan community and culture in Hong Kong (1): How much do you know besides tea? ➤ Talking about Sri Lankan community and culture in Hong Kong (2): An inclusive culture that greets you with "long life" This time, the "Ran Talk" series will introduce two famous activities in Sri Lanka - rugby and folk dance. Although there are rugby and folk dances in many places, their historical origins and development trajectories, as well as contemporary social and cultural values and inheritance environments are different in each place.
Let's start by looking at how rugby emerged in Sri Lanka. Rugby originated in the United Kingdom and was introduced to Sri Lanka by photo background removing businessmen from the East India Company at the end of the 19th century. Today's most popular rugby game, the Brambles, has its origins in the annual competition between the elite schools, Trinity College in Kandy and the Royal College in Colombo. It has been held since 1920 and is scheduled every June and July as a two-round competition. This ball game is also one of the most famous old events in Sri Lanka, with as many as 35,000 spectators entering the field every year.
Looking back on history, Ceylon in the colonial era was a transit point for British shipping, so Sri Lanka has a long history of rugby matches with Commonwealth countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Since the 1990s, with the support of the government and the business community, the Sri Lanka Rugby Association has been able to vigorously promote the sport. Since then, rugby is no longer just an elite activity and has been popularized in society. Today, Sri Lanka has its own professional league; in Asia, Sri Lanka is the country with the second largest number of people participating in rugby after Japan. RTRQMF6 Photo Credit: Reuters / Dazhi Image In Sri Lanka, rugby transcends not only social class but also nationality and ethnicity. Not only does the team accommodate the participation of multi-ethnic groups, but the audience's love for the rugby team is not