COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Several programs have been organized in Colombo including Bakthi Geetha recital to celebrate the Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival.
The President’s Media Division said from this evening to the 6th of May, several events will be held at Galle Face Green, Shangri-la Green, and Presidential Secretariat premises.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit to witness the Bakthi Geetha recital which will take place this evening and tomorrow on the steps of the Presidential Secretariat.
On Friday, a stage built on the Shangri-La green grounds will be used for the distribution of school supplies to forty novice monks and 1,200 school children.
Meanwhile, the Maha Karuna Buddhist Association of Singapore and Willing Hearts Foundation of Singapore will hold a Rice Dansala, at the Shangri-La Green, on Friday and Saturday evening.
The PMD added that the Sri Lanka Navy, Civil Security Department, Youth Service Council, and Sri Lanka Army will hold Bakthi Geetha recitals and light Vesak illuminations at the stage built on the Shangri-La Green on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the National ’Vesak Week’ commenced yesterday.
The Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs declared a ’Vesak Week’ from yesterday to the 8th of May.
The Ministry of Buddhasasana said various religious and social programmes will be held during the period.
The government previously announced that the State Vesak festival will be held at the Kebellewela Sri Rathanasiri Piriven Viharaya in Chilaw under the theme of ‘Be a light to yourself’.
The State Vesak festival is scheduled to be held under the patronage of the Chief Prelate of the three Chapters with the participation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka later this week.