Apr 24, 2018

'Vesak Poya has become a joke'

While the International Vesak Day and all other Buddhist countries celebrating Vesak on May 29, 2018, which is the Vesak Poya Day, Sri Lanka is making a mockery of it by having it on April 29, said the Anunayake of the Siyam Maha Nikhaya, Malwatu Chapter - Ven. Dr. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera said.

The Thera noted that Vesak was traditionally celebrated on the Vesak Paya Day in May, but the government’s effort to discard the country’s tradition and hold the Vesak day on April 29 this year, is totally unacceptable and should not happen.  

Dr. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera noted that Vesak celebrations are dedicated to Lord Buddha and it is celebrated on Vesak Poya day and should not be changed to suit the whims and fancies of anyone.

 April 29 is the Bak Maha Poya Day and as it is acceptable to consider this day as a Adi-Pasaloswaka day, but it is totally unacceptable to replace the Vesak Poya Day with the Bak Maha Poya Day.

 He pointed out that other countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet, Vietnam, China and India celebrates Vesak on the full moon Poya day that falls at the end of May, while it is this day that is also considered as the International Vesak Day.

 He said that such traditions should not be altered based on the bad advice of anyone and changing such religiously significant days could bring unfavourable consequences for the country.