Sri Lankans Celebrate Vesak In Qatar

May 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Peninsula,8150,0,0,1,0

Hundreds of people gathered at the Sri Lankan Embassy yesterday to mark Vesak, which is celebrated as a religious and a cultural festival in Sri Lanka. The day, observed by practicing Buddhists in many Asian countries, marks the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha.

“The embassy hosts this event to promote the oneness of the Sri Lankans here. The Vesak day, like any other festival, stresses on leading a moral and compassionate life. The celebration here is joined in by people of all communities and religions, which reflects the true message of the day,” said one of the embassy officials.

The events, which began in the morning with traditional celebrations, concluded with a colourful cultural show staged by the Sri Lankan community in Qatar. Electrically lit toranas, colourful lanterns called Vesak koodu and bhakti gee or Buddhist devotional songs, were the highlights of the event.