11 August 2009

Campfire at Bolgoda


It is campfire time again!

I had a good time by the banks of Bolgoda Lake recently. The full moon, the lake and the songs..nothing is more joyous than this.

Sri Lankan music is unique in its all sense. It has its original music formed from the indigenous repertoire as well as the blend of many cultures. Principally it has a close affiliation to the Indian classical music. One of the very popular styles is Baila music which has a strong link with Portuguese music. The Reggae style music is also popular among the younger generation. Sing-a-song sessions are very common among Sri Lankans and most of the friends and family gatherings end up with such entertainment.

Disclaimer: It is extremely important to take appropriate safety measures when lighting a fire in outdoors. This is very important especially in forest areas or in isolated places. Never let a fire unattended. Once you finish, snuff out the fire to the last charcoal and burnt firewood! I.e. There shouldn’t be a single hot charcoal :)

16 comments:

Chavie said...

that looks like a warm and comfortable fire K! the camping experience isn't truly complete without a good campfire, is it?! :D

Kirigalpoththa said...

Chavie,
Yes, campfires and camping are almost synonymous to each other. It is a pity if you could not light even a small fire while camping. :)

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I've never enjoyed campfire in my life. I myself can't believe it!

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Kirigalpoththa said...

Bhavesh,
It is something you should enjoy atleast once :) Ususally this is popular among scouts. in additions to songs, it is common to do various small dramas or acts known as skits during a camp fire.

Harumi said...

I've seen more than enough campfires on TV and heard more than enough stories from our guides at school but.. never been to a one. -__-

Anyway it sure looks like a warm fire to keep the spirits high. ^__^ oh and that's a fine piece of advice about fire. I hope all campers would take note of it.

Gallicissa said...

And no arrack?
Don't tell me you didn't have arrack?
Well you do mean?
Then, why it is not mentioned?

rainfield61 said...

It was a long time ago campfires was heard, the time when I was at high school...

Prospero said...

Hello, Kirigalpoththa. Sri Lanka is beautiful. I love the fountain in your last post.

Have you posted a picture of a Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree. I understand that it is from Sri Lanka. I have one, but it is quite small.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi K, There's nothing better than sitting by a campfire on a nice, summer evening. SO relaxing!!!!! Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

Kirigalpoththa said...

Harumi,
Campfire is a great experience!
Yet it is something that anybody can do even during a family gathering :)Again wherever you do it you have to be very careful.
If you want to witness a good one you can go to the Colombo Camporee which will be held from August 14 to 17 at the Vihara Maha Devi Park.

Gallicissa,
Ha.. ha.. Good question(s)! I wouldn't say it was a non alcoholic party. :)

Rainfield,
Yes we too used to do a lot of those during school time. Somehow or the other I manage to continue the same even now. Although I have to admit it is not so often as those days..

Prospero,
Thanks for dropping by and yes what you mentioned is Cinnamon (Kurundu - local name) and Sri Lanka is quite famous for them and many more spices. I do have a tree at my hometown but I have not yet posted about them yet. The area mentioned here is known as Cinnamon Garden as it was full of cinnamon trees during the turn of the 20th century. Now of course you don't get any here :)

Betsy,
I agree with you and i know what you mean :) It is very relaxing indeed!

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

George said...

I don't think there is anything better than songs around a campfire. Thanks for the safety note you included. There are just too many forest fires caused by carelessness.

betchai said...

oh, i miss campfire. with all the singing and the dancing and just enjoying the merry company and life.

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Icy BC said...

I feel so relax reading your post! I haven't had a campfire for so long, and should have one soon before summer is over.

NicoleB said...

Can I join you?
This looks like a wonderful and cozy day!

Kirigalpoththa said...

George,
I fully agree with you. There is hardly anything better than this!
Thought the safety notes are very important as we recently had some major threats of forest fires in Knuckles Range. We do not know how the way it exactly happened, but it is not due to natural causes for sure. Definitely some human interaction is behind those fires.

Betchai,
You can surely have one of those during your fascinating journeys! May be you have strict regulations on not to light fires there?

Sinhalaya Travels,
You are welcome and thanks for joining me in your blog roll :)

Icy BC,
I’m glad you like reading them..Hope you could have a great campfire soon :)

NicoleB,
Of course you can :)

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!!