The festival of Vesak

The Buddhist communities in Sri Lanka have been celebrating the festival of Vesak over the last two days.

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 17th May 2022 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/469/w288/vesak-image-1.jpgVesak is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is also known as Wesak or Buddha Day. It is a celebration of Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment (when he discovered life's meaning). It is also a time to reflect on his teachings and what it means to be Buddhist.

In Sri Lanka Buddhists decorate their houses and public places with colourful lanterns called Vesak koodu are hung along streets and in front of homes and arrange for various cultural events to bring happiness to everyone on that day.