Buddhists over Sri Lanka getting ready to celebrate Vesak in grand scale

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp, 25 May 2010

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Buddhists in the country are getting ready to celebrate the Vesak festival in grand scale this year. Vesak celebrations will be held in each Buddhist temple and Buddhist centres. All the streets and households have been decorated with Vesak lanterns and illuminations.

The presidential secretariat has also organised special celebrations for the national Vesal festival 2010 at Temple Trees and Gangarama Vihara, Hunupitiya. Annual Vesak Perahera of Sri Sambodhi Vihara Colombo will proceed on Friday. Another Vesak lantern competition will take place in front of the Lake House under the theme of creating a pious society through better communication.

Government has requested to hoist the Buddhist flag in all government buildings and residences during the Vesak Week. It has also requested to keep government buildings illuminated during this week.

There are number of Pandols and Vesak Lanterns expected to be erected in Thotalanga, Dematagoda, Borella and Peliyagoda in Colombo and several other outstation towns.

It is significant the Buddhists residing in north and east are also making arrangements to celebrate the Vesak festival after 30 years. People in Batticaloa, Kalmunei and Jaffna are making preparations to commemorate this grand event.

The Sri Lanka Transport Board has made special bus services for devotees to visit Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mahiyangana and Kelaniya during the Vesak period. Special train services will also be held tomorrow and day-after to Anuradhapura and Kalutara. These trains will start from Colombo Fort and Maradana Railway Station.