Today (22) is Vap Full Moon Poya day. Devotees flocked to temples for religious observances. Photos show devotees at the Hunupitiya and Gangaramaya temples.
Vap full moon day is of significance for several reasons- firstly, it marks the conclusion of Buddha’s preaching of the Abhidhamma to his mother. It is said King Devanampiyatissa sent an envoy to King Asoka, requesting him to send his daughter, Arahat Sanghamitta Theri to establish the nun’s Bhikkuni Order on this day. Vap marks the end of the bhikku’s three month long rain retreat. New robes are offered to the monks during this month.