Poson festival in Sri Lanka

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.

Esala festival in Sri Lanka

Esala poya is the famous religious festival and celebrated by Buddhist people and one of the most popular festivals in Sri Lanka. And it is several important events in the history of Buddhism, the Buddha’s first sermon, Known as the “Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta” this sermon was delivered to His five disciples Kondangna, Wappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji at Isipathanaya in Benares, and the arrival of the Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka. Another important event in the, Esala Poya is the night in which the Prince Siddhartha was conceived in the womb of his mother Queen Maha Maya. Esala Full Moon Poya is also the day in which Prince Siddhartha renounced his royal lifestyle.

This poya celebrate in the month of July. Esala 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.

Ramazan festival in Sri Lanka

Ramadan or Ramazan is the famous religious festival and celebrated by Muslim people and one of the most popular festivals. At present people dress up in beautiful and new clothes or their best outfits and ladies decorate their hands from mehendi colours. It is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. But fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, elderly, pregnant, breast feeding, diabetic chronically ill. And also they fasting are done on behalf of poor people. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of prayers recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims all around the world fast for 30 days from dawn the dusk. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. The month last 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the Crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

 

Deepawali festival in Sri Lanka

Devali or Deepawali is the famous religious festival and celebrated by Hindu people and one of the most popular festivals. The meaning (Hindi language) of Deepawali, a line of oil lamps. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on house tops, outside doors and windows, around kovil and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. As well as before Diwali night; people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and on Diwali night; people dress up in beautiful and new clothes or their best outfits. At night they illuminate using lamps and candles inside and outside their home and participate in family prayers typically to Lakshmi the Goddess of fertility and prosperity. After then they are follow fireworks, eat sweets and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. They are enjoying this moment. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali varies significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India.

Vesak Festival in Sri Lanka

This is famous religious festival among the Buddhists. People of other faiths too join the Buddhists to celebrate it. On this day we commemorate the three important events of Load Buddha’s life – the birth, renunciation and attaining Nirvana. His birth occurred on a Poya Day in the garden of Lumbini in India. He was a great philosopher who showed us how to control our body with a sound mind. He said “mind is chief and they are all mind-made”.

Hence to celebrate this great person’s three events people do many things. They whitewash the temples, dagabos, clear the temple premises etc. They also organize competitions on essays, singing, and drawings on Lord Buddha’s life.

Some people make giant pandols depicting the life of Lord Buddha. Philanthropists donate large amounts of money on artists skilled at our traditional arts to make them very attractive. On the Vesak Day people are seen in large numbers visiting temples and other religious places. People clad in white offer trays of flowers at the foot of Lord Buddha’s statue and observe the five precepts. Some listen to the sermons of Buddhist monks and spend time reading “Dhammapada”.

The vesak festival is celebrated specially by the children by making vesak lanterns using some sticks and colourful papers. They make those lanterns in different size and shapes. At night they illuminate using colour blubs, this symbolize the Load Buddha.

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. Another important feature is alms giving. Some organizations donate blood and vital parts of body to save the lives of others. Animals especially cattle that are to be slaughtered are freed by Buddhists after paying money to the owners. Hence, we see all these religious and meritorious acts add greater meaning to the Vesak during this season which enlightens the minds of people all over the world.

 

Christmas Festival in Sri Lanka

Christmas is a famous religious festival and celebrated by Christian people. It is held in December and commemorates the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. They are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December every year. This holy birth took place in Bethlehem. Therefore they make a crib shed symbolize this. As well as they make the traditional Christmas tree and decorate it with toys, bells and illuminate it with colorful lights. In the ancient time the Saint Clare offered gifts for the poor children, therefore every Christmas day the gifts are given to celebrate.

And also they buy new clothes for children and give them presents on the day and they never forget the poor people and the orphans. So provide them clothes, foods and make them happy by talking with them. These are going to church at mid night and pray for Lord Jesus. Then they organize carol and stage dramas to propagate message of peace.

 

Esela Perahera in Sri Lanka

Esala perahera is one of the most outstanding cultural processions in Sri Lanka. This is held in August. This traditional pageant is held to respect the Tooth Relic of Load Buddha. This is organized by the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. The Diyawadana Nilame (Mr. NIlanga Deala Bandara) is the main character. This is held annually. There are about 1000 dancers, drummers and Nilames participate in Esala perahera.

There are many rituals and conventions are held before the Perahera. The five Devalas get together and the Perahera walks along the street at night few days. The most respectful event is the famous tusker carries the Tooth Relic casket on its body.

This procession is very colourful. The local and foreign visitors get together in towatch these attractive dancing items. The whip crackers come first to announce the Perahera is coming. There are various drummers, tom beaters, musicians and dancers follow them many cultural events are presented through out of the Perahera. The most attractive scene is the decorated Elephants walk in to Perahera.

The torch bears gives out light. The Diyawadana Nilame and many Basnayaka Nilame’s also walk in the Perahera. The Buddhist devotes take part for the Perahera with much devotion for this Perahera.

 

 

 

Sinhala & Tamil New Year Festival in Sri Lanka

There are many cultural festival is can be seen both religious and traditional festivals. The one is New Year which is celebrated by Sinhala and Tamil people. It falls 13th and 14th of April (also known as the month of Bak) in every year. Some special events are connected with astrology.

According to auspicious time the kindling fire on hearth, Trans action, anointing and leaving for professions are some of them. New year seasons cold the spring time, some of the main objectives are the peace and harmony among the people and the prosperity in the country.

Some traditional milk rice, bunch of banana and other sweet meats are prepaid and offer to the visitors and share with the relations and the neighbors with this their anger and the enmity can be forgotten and renew the relationships. There is special time is called “Nonagathaya”(Neutral period). The astrologers introduce this because of the changing sun from the Meena Raashi (House of Pisces) to the Mesha raashi (House of Aries).

Unusually, both the end of one year and the beginning of the next occur not at midnight but at separate times determined by astrologers with a period of some hours between being a time where one is expected to refrain from all types of work and instead engage solely in relaxing religious activities and traditional games.

During the New Year festivities, both children and adults will often dress in traditional outfits. But the clothes must be washed and very clean because it should be pure.