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2020 National Vesak Week from May 04 to 08

Published - Friday, May 1, 2020

Sri Lanka has declared a National Vesak Week from May 04 to 08 in view of the events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs made the announcement today (01).

The national Vesak festival will centralize Olaboduwa Raja Maha Viharaya in Gonapola, Horana.

The ministerial secretary added that a limited number of people will be involved in the national festival due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

 

Vesak Full Moon Poya Day 7 May 2020

Published - Friday, May 1, 2020

Vesak Day is a Holy Day for Buddhists. In fact, it is considered the holiest day in the Buddhist Calendar.
The Buddha's birthday is observed annually on the Sunday nearest to the full moon in May. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists across the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country.

 

State Poson Festival at Mihintale on 4, 5 and 6 June 2020

Published - Thursday, May 21, 2020

This year's State Poson Festival is to be held on 4, 5 and 6 June at the Mihintale Medamaluwa in Anuradhapura under the theme of 'Arogya Parama Labha' (The Greatest of All Gains is Health).

This was decided when the Poson Committee met on Thursday, 21st May 2020 presided by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

It also was decided there that the State Poson Festival should share the same theme of State Vesak Festival: Arogya Parama Labha at a time when the entire world is plagued with the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Committee also decided to celebrate the Poson Poya Festival which marks the 2328th year following Ven. Arahanth Mahinda Thera’s arrival in Sri Lanka in a manner that would not affect the Governments endeavor to eradicate COVID 19 from the country while following the guidelines of the health sector.

Hence the Pirith Chanting, Hevisi Pooja, Kapruk Pooja and Aloka Pooja organized with the media institutions at Mihintale and other Atamasthana temples would be held with the participation of limited number of participants.

 

President, PM to launch Mihintale Aloka Pooja 4 June 2020

Published - Friday, May 22, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will attend the Mihintale Aloka Pooja as the chief guests on June 4 and Mahinda Rajapaksa will inaugurate the three-day State Poson Festival. The State Poson Festival will be held on June 4, 5 and 6 in Mihintale.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will switch on the Mihintale Poson illuminations (Mihintale Aloka Pooja).

President will also mark World Environment Day which falls on Poson Poya day this year, by initiating a tree planting programme in Mihintale Sacred city.

He will also issue the 2020 State Poson Festival commemoration stamp at 6.15 pm after which he will hand over the Sannasa to Maha Sangha, declaring the Mihintale Sacred premises as a national heritage.