Vesak

Posted: April 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

6Vesak is a religious and cultural festival in Sri Lanka. Buddhist religious celebrates it on the day of full moon of month of May. Vesak Day celebrates in Thailand, Indian, Vietnam and few other Southeast Asian countries and United Nation has accepted this valuable date as a cultural holiday. On this, day Buddhist people celebrate Birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha. Many religious activities are organized during this particular period such as free foods giving functions (coffee, tea, aurveda drinks) Vesak lanterns, pandols and Vesak devotional songs.

Poya day, temples are filled with religious people and most of them wear white colour dress and participate to traditional ceremonies, which are organized by temple.  In the temple Buddhists worship, offer flowers, light lamps and incense. Observing the 8 percepts, listening to religious discussions are major activities of this day.  Buddhist Monks chant Damma whole day getting examples from life of Lord Buddha and they explain complicated Damma part getting simple examples from society. Among these function Alms giving play major role in this important day

Important of Vesak Day

Birth oSiddhartha Gautama.vesak

Siddhartha Gautama was born on in the 5th or 6th century BCE in Lumbibi (Nepal).

Attainment as Lord Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama was trained in various mental skills under many teachers and finally he directed his mind in the path of meditation. Because of right path of meditation, he reached enlightenment.

Lord Buddha’s Parinibbana

Lord Buddha chanted damma 45 years with his followers explaining truth to the world. During this period, more people entered in to the right path including both poor and royal families. 80 years old Gautama Buddha announced his passing away and it happened to be on Vesak Poya day.

Other than the exclusive religious aspects of the festival,

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Buddhist people decorate their house and public places and arrange cultural activities such as, Vesak Pandols, Vesak Lanterns, Free foods giving and Vesak devotional songs.

 

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