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* Indian PM to attend UN Vesak Day celebrations in Sri Lanka
Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 08:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 17, Colombo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation in UN Vesak Day celebrations to be conducted in Sri Lanka in May this year, according to Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.

Many world leaders have been invited to the first ever United Nations' Wesak Day celebrations to be held in in Sri Lanka on 12th May this year.

Over thousand representatives from India, China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia and other countries where Buddhism is practiced are expected to participate in the event.

"We are going to celebrate the thrice blessed day on a grand scale," the Justice Minister has told Xinhua.

The United Nations Day of Vesak is celebrated annually in Buddhist countries. This is the first time Sri Lanka has been given the opportunity to host this festival.


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