Dollar shortage hits Vesak

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People complain that the lack of US dollars has hampered the making of Vesak decorations.

Vesak decorations are made in every Buddhist home in preparation for the Vesak Full Moon Poya, which, this year, falls on 15 and 16 May.

People claim that the price of a decorative razor blade has risen to Rs 25 as a result of the country’s economic crisis. People claim that the price of a string of blinking bulbs once purchased for Rs 100-150 has risen to between Rs 500 and 600 this year, but even at that price they are no longer available in the market.

It was found that there was a candle shortage in the market due to the high demand for candles caused by the power outages at night.

Buddhists were unable to celebrate Vesak in 2020 and 2021 due to the corona virus, and the country’s current economic crisis has impacted the 2022 Vesak celebrations.

Due to the country’s economic crisis, the prices of items used for Vesak decorations, such as coloured tissue and candles, have risen.

By Athawuda Pathirana – Urubokka