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Vesak Full Moon Poya

One of the biggest days of the year in the Buddhist calendar, Vesak Poya Day is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. It occurs on the day of the full moon in May. Vesak is considered a religious as well as a cultural festival in Sri Lanka. Buddhists commemorate the important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha on this Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.

First comes the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini Nepal which took place under the arbor of Sat trees where Queen Mahamaya gave birth to him. The second event was Siddharta Gautama’s supreme attainment as the Buddha, the Enlightened One. The third event was Lord Buddha’s Parinibbana over 2500 years ago at Kusinagar.

Many religious activities are organized during this period in Sri Lanka such as Sil (Meditation) campaigns, Bodhi Poojas, Dansalas, Vesak devotional songs (Bakthi Gee), pandols and lanterns. As it is mainly a religious event, for devout Buddhists, religious observances form the main activities of the festival.

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