National Poson celebrations to begin on June 2 | Daily News


National Poson celebrations to begin on June 2

The annual National Poson Festival in Anuradhapura and Mihintale will be held under state patronage giving prominence only to essential traditional religious rituals, Mihintale Rajamaha Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Nayaka Thera told the Daily News recently.

The Ven. Nayaka Thera said the accumulation of devotees in millions would not be encouraged in the sacred city and no special infrastructural facilities would be provided during the festive season as a national-level measure to control the COVID-19 pandemic. He said a comparatively small crowd of pilgrims visited Anuradhapura and Mihintale sacred zones during Poson season last year following the Easter attacks in April.

He said it was decided to declare the period between June 2 and June 8 as the National Poson Festival Week, at a special Poson steering committee meeting held at the Mihintale sacred premises. 

Anuradhapura Ruwanweli Chethiyaramadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Nayaka Thera said the present situation in the country is not suitable to conduct mass religious celebrations. He also requested devotees to limit their visits to Anuradhapura sacred city in this Poson season, especially in large groups.

Ven. Hemarathana Thera urged the public not to celebrate this Poson season in the usual colourful manner, but to adhere to individual spiritual activities, maintaining health regulations and instructions.

Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake said the forthcoming National Poson celebrations would focus only on religious observances conducted by the Maha Sangha for a small crowd of devotees, maintaining health measures. Rathana Sutta will be chanted in Anuradhapura and Mihintale day and night. 


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