The celebrations were held throughout the day on Saturday 21 April 2012 at the premises of the Development Lotteries Board. The celebration of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year 2012 commenced under the patronage of Hon. Geethanjana Gunawardhana, Deputy Minister of Finance and Dr.Chandrawansa Pathiraja,
Chairman of the Development Lotteries Board. The Male/Female Marathon of the D.L.B. was started off by the Hon. Deputy Minister. The celebrations included a large number of competitions such as climbing the grease pole, pillow fights, fancy dress competitions and selecting the New Year Prince/Princess. The staff of the D.L.B. as well as their family members took part in the celebrations.