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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1588

Poson Full Moon Poya day tomorrow: Sri Lanka to celebrate arrival of Buddhism in the country

By Muditha Gamage in Colombo
Colombo, 14th June, (

Sri Lanka’s Poson festival Organizers are expecting around 1.5 to 3 millions pilgrims to flock to the cities such as Anuradhapura, Mihinthale and Thanthrimale during the Poson Week declared from Sunday June 12 to June 18.

Sri Lanka’s Central Anuradhapura District Secretary Mahinda Senevirathna said that all steps have been taken to provide necessary facilities to the devotees arriving in the area.

The Poson Full Moon Poya day on June 15 (tomorrow) marks the arrival of Buddhism in the country in 306 BC from the neighboring India and this year it is of special significance to the Buddhists of Sri Lanka as it falls within the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi commemorative year.

The national Poson Week has been launched with the historic ‘Pan Perahera’.
The ‘Pan Perahera’ will be held from the Thisa-Wewa to the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura.

The Poson festival traditionally begins with the ‘Sath Pirith’ chanting ceremony. It will come to an end with the ‘Dorakada Asna’ ceremony on the night of the 18th.
Meanwhile the pilgrims who visit Anuradhapura during the Poson festival will be prohibited from bathing in the Nuwara wewa and the Thisa wewa. Water for the usage of pilgrims in the sacred city is being released from the Nuwara Wewa and Thisa wewa, the government said.

A special security arrangement will be in force during the Poson day in the Anuradhapura district. A comprehensive security plan is in place in addition to special railway and bus services, said a high official of the Poson Organizing committee.

- Asian Tribune -

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