Feb 26, Colombo: The Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has given instructions to hold this year’s State Vesak Festival centering the Northern and Eastern Provinces at the Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya.
At a meeting held at Temple Trees yesterday (Feb 25), the Prime Minister has instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Kapila Gunawardena to make arrangements to hold the State Vesak Festival this year with the participation of 65 temples and 35 Dhamma Schools in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
The specialty of this year’s Festival is that it has been decided to change from a traditional Vesak Festival and organize the State Vesak Festival together with other religions.
The Departments of Hindu, Christian and Muslim Affairs under the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs will cooperate to organize the event.
Chief Incumbent of the Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya, and other chief prelates, State Minister Vidura Wickremanayake, Member of Parliament Suren Raghavan, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Prof. Kapila Gunawardena and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne were also present at the meeting.