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Anuradhpura: Wesak Festival


(Date To Be Confirmed)

The Wesak lantern festival is held across Sri Lanka on the poya (new moon) day. The people buy or make lanterns to hang outside their homes, which in Anuradhapura, remain in place until the following poya day, which is marked by the Poson Festival. In Anuradhpaura, the Wesak festival itself is marked by stories of Buddhism told through told through elaborate mechanised exhibits that are made and set up by local societies in the days preceding Wesak. Over the course of 3 days the locals flock to the area to see the displays, listen to music and watch traditional dancing. At this time, dansala (the giving of free food and drink) is conducted, and you may well be flagged down on the road by a happy group waving yellow flags and offering you a drink,and some toffee. Even timetabled buses (usually trying to be as quick as possible to the next stop to pick up passengers) stop, and the passengers get to take a drink before the bus continues its journey

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