Buddhists throughout the country including the North and East, are commemorating Wesak with much enthusiasm.
A series of programmes was organized at the Carlton Pre- school. A special Dhamma sermon for the preschool children, Wesak lantern competitions and a Dansela were among the highlights. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse, Parliamentarians Namal Rajapakse and Kamala Ranatunge, President of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Defence Ministry Ayoma Rajapakse, President of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit Manjulika Jayasuriya and President of the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit Malani Samarasinghe were present on the occasion.
A Wesak Bhakthi Gee recital of the Hambantota Police division was held under the patronage of Speaker Chamal Rajapakse.
A Pandal was put up by the inmates of the Welikada Prison. It was opened by Minister Dew Gunasekara. A Wesak Bhakthi Gee recital was conducted by the Maharagama Police and the Civil Defence Committee yesterday. It was launched under the patronage of SSP Deshabandu Tennakoon of the Nugegoda Police Division.
The 234th Brigade of the Army organised Wesak programmes in Batticaloa under the guidance of Commander of the 23rd Division Brig. Boniface Perera and the supervision of Brig. Mahinda Mudalige, Commander of the brigade.
The Ice cream Dansela organized jointly by the Marketing Department of the ITN and the Elephant House was held at the ITN Marketing Division premises yesterday. DGM Upali Ranjith, Member of the Board Hashim Omar and Deputy Chairman of Elephant House D.A. Neil Samarasinghe were amongst a large number of people who participated.