Today (21) marks the Vesak Full moon day, which is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world.
The day marks the birth, the enlightenment and the parinirvana of Lord Buddha.
Buddhists mark the day observing religious activities and a host of activities such as lighting lanterns and holding ‘Dansel’. However, for the third year in a row, Sri Lanka commemorates the Vesak festival on a sombre note, with the last two years affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and this year marred by a grave economic and political crisis.
Meanwhile, the pandal erected in front of the Fort Bo tree had collapsed due to strong winds yesterday afternoon.