Anuradhapura: Poson Festival


Dates: 5th June - 11th June

The Poson Festival takes place for 4-7 days over Poya (new moon) Day, when 1 .5 million Buddhist pilgrims come to Anuradhapura to celebrate the bringing of Buddhism to Sri Lanka at nearby Mihintale. Anuradhapura, the Scared city, and Mihintale are thronged with people, and on Mihintale itself, at dusk on poya day, lights are turned on illuminating the top of Mihintale's mountain and temples. There is a tradition of giving free food by organisations and families to the pilgrims, with long queues forming to participate.