Vesak festival to be marked on grand scale


The Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Cultural Affairs has taken steps to mark the upcoming Vesak festival on a grand scale, despite the country being gripped by political instability and an economic meltdown.

The Government has declared 12 to 18 May as the official Vesak Week. The State Vesak Festival will be held with the participation of the President at the Kuragala Rajamaha Viharaya, in Balangoda on 14 and 15 May.

Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Cultural Affairs Prof. Kapila Gunawardene said, this year’s Vesak festival will give prominence to Prathipaththi Pooja over Amisa Pooja.

He added that no restrictions have been placed by the Government this year over the construction of pandals and large-scale lanterns to celebrate Vesak islandwide.

By Kumudu Upul Shantha