Vesak Celebrations in Sri Lanka

Posted On:June 11th, 2013 By:Travel Freak

Vesak_in_SriLanka Vesak is a holy day observed traditionally by Buddhists in Sri Lanka and it is considered as both a religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka. Sometimes Vesak is informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.

The exact date of Vesak varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon day, typically in the 5th or 6th lunar month. Vesak Day in China and Korea is on the eighth of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. In leap years Vesak is celebrated in June.

During Vesak Many temples are filled with Atasil followers and pilgrims all over Sri Lanka. In temples Buddhists worship, offer flowers and light lamps. On this holy day the alms giving plays an important title role. This is a sign of sharing the joy and peace with people. Other than the exclusive religious aspects of the festival, people decorate their houses and public places and arrange for various cultural events to bring happiness to everyone on that day.

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