by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapthipillai
Vesak is considered as the holiest day in Buddhism. Buddhists in Sri Lanka are currently celebrating Vesak festival. Vesak Day was celebrated by the Sri Lanka College on May 26th 2010 at its auditorium.
The college was beautifully decorated with lanterns, colour lights, fresh Lotus flowers, coconut palm leaves and oil lamps. It was celebrated with high enthusiasm.
Devout Buddhists undertake to lead a noble life according to the teaching by making daily affirmations to observe the five precepts. The Five Precepts are commitments to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.
Pavala Malligai flowers on nealtky woven coconut palm leave at the entrance
It is a joyful occasion
Vesak is a major festival of the year
View from the street
Betel leaves and arecanut served for the Buddhist monk
Sermon is delivered on Buddha’s teachings and mankind
Fresh Lotus flowers are offered
Buddhist statue is decorated with fresh flowers,oil lmap and incence
Lotus flowers and oil lamps add extra colour to the festival
Venerable Brahmanawatte Seewalee Thero is seen delivering the sermon
Tradition ascribes to the Buddha himself instruction on how to pay him homage
While sermon is being delivered