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* Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 03:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Pittsburgh, PA: A stream of devotees and well-wishers arrived at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center to celebrate the traditional Sri Lankan Sinhala and Tamil New Year on Sunday, April 11th.

The festivities held at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center included Buddhist rituals, traditional Sri Lankan food and traditional New Year activities.

The program started with a Buddha Pooja (offering), followed by the lay persons offering of Dana (food) to the Maha Sangha.

Ven. Soorakkulame Pemaratana Thero conducted the traditional annointing of oil and the traditional betel leaf offering to parents and elders to promote respect and forgiveness. Later, the crowd participated in games that are usually part of the New Year celebrations of Sri Lanka.

The attendees, some of whom have come from such far away places as NY, MD, and OH, received the blessings from Ven. Pemaratana Thero before the conclusion of the events.

The local newspaper Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was there to report on the event. A video commentary of the event published in the newspaper can be accessed through their website.

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