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It is worn wrapped about the waist and covers the legs.
Sarongs are the standard garment for most men in rural and even some urban communities.
These traditions are intertwined with day to day life of the island’s four ethnic groups, the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers and their religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
The traditional greeting is with clasped palms, a head nod followed by the words ‘Ayubowan’ which translates to ‘May you live long’.
The equivalent greeting in Tamil is ‘Vanakkam’, whilst the Muslims will say ‘Assalamu Alaikum’.
Women from different parts of the country wear varying styles of sari Diyareddha – The Diyareddha is a widely used bathing costume by women.
It is a piece of cloth similar to a sarong tied around the body just under the armpits, reaching down to the knees.