Poson poya is the famous religious festival and celebrated by Buddhist people and one of the most popular festivals in Sri Lanka. This poya celebrate in the month of June. The Poson Festival commemorates the conversion of Sri Lanka to Buddhism in the 3rd century BC. Illuminations and processions take place all over the country, but the best place to see the festival is at Mihintale, Because Arahant Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa, and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally made Sri Lanka the home of Theravada Buddhism.
Poson Poya is a holiday in Sri Lanka and families visit the many Temples situated around the island to offer flowers and pay homage to Lord Buddha, who preached many valuable sermons about the ideal way of life for all living beings and many religious activities organized during the period of Poson including Sil Campaigns and Bodhi Pooja in temples in which only Buddhists participate.
It is a common sight to see refreshing stalls put up on either side of the road offering drinks and food to the tried devotees. It knows as “Dansala”. Who visit the Dansala free of charge as a charitable act. There are several other rituals that come with Poson.
And also the Poson festival is celebrated specaily by the children by making poson lanterns using some sticks and colourful papers, Devotional songs are sung by Buddhists in every nook and corner while Poson pandals which are colourfully lit illustrations from the 550 Jathaka Katha or the 550 past life stories of the Lord Buddha can also be seen in plenty in every city of the country. These pandals are beautiful sights glistening at night and many people from around the country come to view them in the late evening till past midnight.