Colourful vesak pinkamas at kingsbury temple - United Kingdom
Spontaneous crowds gathered at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre from dawn on Friday 24th May 2013 to observe Vesak and pay homage to the ENLIGHTENED ONE and observe sil, though the official programme was arranged for Sunday 26thMay.
Aggamahapandita Galayaye Piyadassi Sangha Nayaka Thero was joined by Ven. Dr HanduPelpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero, Dharmachariya Jankurawela Sirinivasa Nayaka Thero, Dharmachariya Rukadahene Rathnasiri Thero , Ven. Lunugamveher Rewatha Thero and Dr Senevi Athurupana in preparing a comprehensive programme for the devotees on both days.
Mr and Mrs Wimalasiri Perera sponsored the Vesak Dansala.
Temple premisses was decorated with a large number of colourful Wesak Pahan Kudu made by the students of the Saddatissa Daham Pasala.
Ven Piyadassi Nayaka Thera said that a special programme to celebrate Wesak and Poson poya will be held at the Brent Town Hall on Sunday the 16th of June. A keynote address by Dr. Sarah Shaw of Oxford, special Dharmadeshana by Ven.Dr. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Nayaka Thera, Bodhi Puja by Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera, Buddhist religious performances arranged by Prof. Mudiyanse Dissanayaka and devotional songs by Sangeetha Visharadha Archanaa Disaanayaka are included in the comprehensive programme arranged for the day.
Photographs by Tissa Madawela