Wesak is commemorated on a grand scale in Jaffna, after links between the North and the South were established with the total elimination of terrorism, which plagued the country for nearly three decades. A separate Wesak Zone has been established in the Jaffna City.
The Wesak Zone established in the Jaffna City was inaugurated by the Area Commanding Officer Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe. The Wesak Zone was a very warm and inviting arena with the golden glow of lights, colourful Buddhist flags, lanterns, oil lamps and cascades of mini lights. It is a novel experience for the Jaffna citizens. Thousands of civilians traversed on the A-9 Highway from the South to Jaffna were also amazed to witness the events which entertained them.