Vesak Celebration at Jethavana Buddhist Vihara, Birmingham 2013
Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year for all Sri Lankans as well as
many Buddhist around the world as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death
of the Buddha.
This year too on the 26th of May 2013 hundreds of Sri Lankan devotees from various
part of the UK gathered at the Jethavana Buddhist Vihara Birmingham to participate
in the 2013 Vesak Programmeorganised under the guidance of Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda
Guanawansa Maha Thero.
The day long programme commenced in the morning with devotees observing eight precepts
and participating in meditation programmes and Dhamma discussions by Ven.Kirama
Rathanasiri Thero, an academic at Richmond College, Galle Sri Lanka. This was followed
by Buddha Wandana conducted by Venerable Mapalagama Soratha Thero.
Lunch for the Buddhist priests and devotees was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs Ganewatta
and family with much devotion along with several other contributions from many other
participants to make the event a success.
The highlight of the Vesak programme was the â€˜Vesak Bakthi Geeâ€™ conducted by a group
of young, professional musicians â€˜Sath Swara Musical Groupâ€™ from Stoke on Trent.
This was followed by a â€˜Tea Dansalaâ€™ which participants were offered with tea, biscuits
and cakes kindly sponsored by Director of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. Laxman Weerasooriya and Mr. Palitha Bandara.
The 2013 â€˜Vesak Programmeâ€™ at the Vihara concluded with great success after a day
full of Activities and events participated by the devotees with much devotion and
enthusiasm to commemoratethe birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.
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