UN celebrates Vesak
The United Nations celebrated Vesak on May 7 at the UN General
Assembly Hall. The United Nations has also adopted Vesak as the official
term and have officially recognised it as one of its International Days,
as stated in the UN's GA Resolution 54/115 of 2000. The International
Day of Vesak has been commemorated annually at the United Nations
Headquarters as well as its offices worldwide. The unique feature of the
celebrations is that each year a different Permanent Mission to the
United Nations hosts the event. The Vesak event this year included
cultural activities, supported by a number of Buddhist and non-Buddhist
This year's Vesak Day was also commemorated with a series of events
organised by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in
New York with the assistance of other missions.
The heads of the United Nations bodies along with other senior
officials of the UN system attended the occasion. Permanent
representatives of member states also attended the event. A number of
them addressed the gathering.
A large number of Buddhist monks from around the world also
participated, along with religious dignitaries from other religions.
Following the special commemorative event at the General Assembly Hall,
cultural performances was held at the Visitor's Lobby of the UN,
depicting the rich Buddhist heritage of the organising member states.
The day concluded with a food festival hosted by the organising
member states, representing delicacies from over 19 nations.
Courtesy: Buddhist Channel