National Vesak festival to be held in a grand scale this year - President’s Secretary | Daily News

National Vesak festival to be held in a grand scale this year - President’s Secretary

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake said this year’s Vesak festival will be celebrated on a grand scale nationally, as per the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. During the preliminary discussion on the  “Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival” held yesterday (21) afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Secretary mentioned the plans to celebrate the festival in a grand manner.

In addition to the President’s Secretary, Ven.Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thera and Ven. Dr. Pallegama Ratanasara Thera from the Hunupitiya Gangarama Temple, as well as Sagala Ratnayake, the President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Staff, also participated in the aforementioned discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (21) afternoon.

The Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival will be held on May 5, 6 and 7, at the Gangarama Temple, Presidential Secretariat and Prime Minister’s Office premises in Colombo.

Venerable Kirinde Assaji Thera said that it has been organized along with many programmes naming it as the national Vesak zone. On Vesak Poya Day, May 5, an observance of Sil will be organized at Gangarama Temple, along with various other programs such as decorating the Vesak region with flags, pennants, lanterns, and light bulbs, conducting flower processions, and displaying pandols and lanterns.

The Bakthi Geetha (devotional songs) recital will be held near the main stage of the Presidential Secretariat and the Gangarama Temple while Vesak Dhansal will also be held near the Gangarama Temple and the Presidential Secretariat.

Venerable Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thera said that this year’s “Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival” will be an exemplary Vesak festival.

He said the Vesak festival presents a great opportunity to attract tourists and promote the country’s tourism industry. He added that it can also foster a positive mindset and bolster the spirit of the people, especially during a time when the country’s economy is gaining stability.

President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake expressed his hope to receive support from both the public and private sectors in order to ensure the success of the “Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone.”

Government officials, security chiefs and representatives of sponsored private institutions attended the discussion.


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