Sri Lanka celebrates Poson Poya
The Buddhists in Sri Lanka have made all arrangements to celebrate Poson, the festival celebrated in Sri Lanka on the full moon day of June, with much devotion and piety.
The roads have been decorated with lanterns and other illuminations and religious places have been illuminated with colourful lights. Dansalas offering food and refreshments have been organized in almost all parts of the country. Special programmes have been organized to facilitate the devotees visiting religious sites in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The railway department will operate free train services between Anuradhapura and Mihinthalaya.
Poson, held on the full moon day commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main center of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king at Anuradhapura the ancient capital, to which large crowds of pilgrims converge.
For Buddhists, this hallowed day of Poson is second only to Vesak in terms of importance. Although Poson is celebrated throughout the island, the major ceremonies are to be found in Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Long lines of devotees dressed in white climb the many steps to the top of the Mihintale hill first to the temple, and then to the dagabas that lie adorning the nearby hillocks. In addition, many devotees climb to the very top of the rock, to the spot where Arahat Mahinda delivered his initial discourses.
The environmental service programme will be carried out at Mahamewna Uyana on the Poson Poya day under the Chairmanship of Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. This programme will include Shramadana activities, street dramas and distribution of pamphlets by school environmental guides.
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board informs that 400 additional buses have been deployed for the devotees to travel to Anuradhapura from Colombo and other main towns and these buses will be on service until the 17th. The Sri Lanka Railways has also made arrangements to operate special train services from Colombo Fort
The official Poson festival and the Aloka Pooja will be held from today until the 16th at Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Vihara. Several hundred thousands of devotees are expected to participate.
In line with this function the completion of the Ranweta constructed with the contribution of the people and laying the foundation stone for the archeological museum of the Viharaya will take place.(niz).
Source: Government News Portal
While celibarating as a veneration, just keep in mind that the Buddhism is not a celibaration..!
Agree with you Amden, Buddhism is not a celebration. What is it? Is it a religion or a philosohphy?
I prefer not to use those two words also to name the Buddhism.
But The buddhism is the actual, real, practical, true Theory of hole existance of world & beyond the world, which’s non existance. non existance means Nibbana, the freedom from all troubles which belongs to the world.
Buddhism contains anything & everything & all which can be sense & which can’t be sense..! There’s nothing more than buddhism…!
Nibbana newe hallo Nirwana, mahaloku Buddagamkaraya.
Sitha kaya wadana Hikmawageneemak Budun deschana kale.
Nibbanayata yanna Tiketekka gannan wedi
Here we’re seeing the almost ZERO knowladge of buddhism today in the world, with a real example from Ranis 1st comment above.!
Rani has just expressed her less learnings at least abt a word in Dhamma. She doesn’t know at least The word of “Nibbana” while living in so called Srilanka(Dhamma deepa)..!
Not only these people are almost Empty in buddhism but also they Condemn Buddhism seriously with same weakness.!
Also this’s an instance of today people pretend as ‘pandits’ while being almost empty in Dhamma.
The active buddhism has disappeared a long time before. We’re seeing just the remains of it today..! These folk haven’t got even a warmth of buddhism yet, but gradually going away from it too..!
Buddagamen pirunata An agamwalata Fuck Kiyanna Budundescanakale Neha.
Rani baba… Oyalata ona vidihata dharmaya thula natanna awasara na….! Female ayata mahana wenna epa kiyala mulinma Budun visin kiwwe ekai. Female pavidda nisa thamai buddha sasane ayusa 500yrs walin adu une…
Nodanna dewal pandithaya wage kiyawanna epa..!
gaanu aya wedakata gaaunoth eka itin vinaasai… aba saranai… sadaa sotti…!
Eka nisa oya kussiye weda tika kalama athi…! (vihiluwak)
“Fucking Jesus Never be Happy” kiyanne api nevi ane… “Western countries” wala inna sudu mahatthurumai… Mole tikak paadila “Gods Myth” eka dirapu lanuwak kiyala therenakota thamai ehema kiyanne…!
Mama eka igena gatthe suddekuge katinmai.. Ehema nathuwa modayinta pada hadanne apita wena weda nathuwada..?
Ape Buddagam minnisun Poyata Pansal Yanne Sereppu nethiwa, enne Sereppu dekka Panselin horata dagena. Ane mehemath—-
Rani baba ewa karana ayata welawata kalawata vipaaka labei..!
Anunge sereppuwak gana hitha narak karagena oya duk vidinna epaa..!
Buddhagama kiyanne samagiyen indala thaniyama karanna ona deyak..
Eka nisa methana oyai mamai hariyata wade karamuko anungen wadak na..
Kohen hari anunge kelamk hoyana ekamai oyalageth purudda neda.? Oka thamai oyalath ekka meka karanna bari..!