This year’s National Vesak Festival, originally planned to be held over a period of five days, has been restricted to two days, Minister of Buddhasasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said.
In view of the Easter bombings and the prevailing situation in the country, Perera said, the Government has taken a decision to celebrate Vesak in a modest manner this year.
The minister said that the decision was made following a request made by the Chief Prelates of the four chapters to the government to prioritise religious observances over festivities given the ongoing tension.
Accordingly, the National Vesak Festival will be held on 17 and 18 May. The public is requested to hoist Buddhist flags at their homes on the two days.