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The month of May plays a significant role to Buddhists the world over. In Sri Lankan, citizens from all walks of life come together for Vesak celebrations. Vesak is the celebration of Buddha’s birth, his attainment of Enlightenment, and his passing into Nirvana at the end of his life.
The beauty of Vesak is not only is it a religious day for Buddhists it is also a day or warmth for all Sri Lankas. Experience the festival of lights with lanterns hung from trees or skyscrapers draped with lights. Indulge in various foods handed out by people at ‘dansals” who just want you to be happy.
A visit to the Gangaramaya temple in Colombo will help you understand more about Buddhism. And a stroll along the banks of the Beira Lake next door will allow you to hear stories about Buddha from Pandols and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to catch a puppet show.