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    Buddhists in Sri Lanka celebrate the Wesak festival


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sunethra says Buddhists in Sri Lanka illuminate their gardens and homes with colorful lights and lanterns. In addition, people go to the temple and worship Buddha, while also reflecting, meditating and praying. She says she celebrated the occasion by adorning her home with colorful lights and listened to sermons over the television. She says Wesak is a Buddhist’s festival celebrated in Sir Lanka. 'It is to mark the birth, enlighten and passing of Lord Buddha,' she says.
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    Buddhists in Sri Lanka celebrate the Wesak Festival on the 5th and 6th of May, 2012. This is called the Wesak festival, during the period when Lord Buddha was born, Attained Enlightenment, and Passed away.

    During this time, there are many pandols, and wesak festivals, like Buddhist songs being sung, people go to the Temple to worship and meditate the whole two days, some people give out what is called Dansal, which they organise to distribute food, tea and drinks... these are for the tired people who flock to the city to see the wesak illuminations.

    Throughout these two days many buddhist sermons are conducted in all the temples... and this is a time for reflection, and prayer.

    These are some of my yearly decorations and illuminations during the Wesak Season.
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