After marriage, women mostly become housewife and men take care of the family income. Family life is very traditional and this is the culture many Sri Lankan people like to maintain. Of course there are some changes noticeable, mainly in the big cities and among higher educated people, but generally spoken, family values take a prominent position in the Sri Lankan culture.

Being housewife is a full time job. A big deal of that time is dedicated to preparing meals, which is a time consuming activity. Curries are still being prepared on wood fires, although an increasing number of people also use gas cylinders. Sri Lankans eat a hot meal three times per day, mostly rice and curry. Respect and obedience are very important, not only within family structures, but also within the entire society. Each family member knows its position and the related responsibilities. Children follow the behavior which their parents expect from them and the parents take good care of their parents when they have reached the age they can’t take care of themselves anymore. Elderly homes are difficult to find in Sri Lanka and grandparents are a full member of the society. In Sri Lanka there are no generation gaps; there is mutual respect and shared responsibilities. As the majority of the population is Buddhist, you will find many of the Buddhist teachings back in family values.


Education is considered as being very important and therefore almost all school going children follow additional classes after the regular school hours. Parents prefer to see their children working in well- respected jobs, such as doctor and engineer. The children are being overloaded with brain filling matters. The only entertainment they have is playing cricket for the boys and watching drama series on the TV for the girls.