Vesak Day 2011
May 16, 2011 by staff
Vesak Day 2011, Mudiyanselage Disanayaka Jayaratne (known as MS-Mu Di “Jayaratne), 20 Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, is visiting the Philippines on the occasion of” Wesak Day Celebration. Born June 7, 1931, Prime Minister DM Jayaratne was first elected to parliament in 1970. He was sworn in as prime minister on April 21, 2010, after a stint as Minister of Plantation Industries. He was educated at Doluwa Maha Vidyalaya College of Arts and the University of Peradeniya. Is a founding member of the Freedom Party of Sri Lanka?
Wesak Day – or Buddha Day – this year falls on May 17, 2011, in Sri Lanka, is the 15th in the 4th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The celebration in other countries varies according to the lunar calendar and is called by other names such as Vesakh, Vesak, Waisak, Puja Visakah, Vaishaka, Buddha Purnima Visakha Bucha and Saga Dawa.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Philippines and Sri Lanka Friendship Association are marking Wesak Day today, May 15, 2011, in Makati City with Dansela (posts) the supply of food, tea, soft drinks, or flowers for free to the devotees on the way to places of worship or celebration.
Buddhists on the Indian subcontinent, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asian nations of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and other parts of the world commemorate events of importance to Gautama Buddha – his birth, enlightenment, and death. Devotees listen to talks given by monks to invoke peace and happiness. Buddhists are reminded to live in harmony with people of other religions and to respect their beliefs as the Buddha had taught. The Philippines and Sri Lanka have a long history of friendly relations and close. Diplomatic relations was established between the two countries in 1951. Economic relations are active, with bilateral trade growing significantly.
Welcome to His Excellency the Prime Minister DM Jayaratne of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the delegation and wish you a fruitful and enjoyable visit in the Philippines. We welcome Ambassador Nawalage Bennet Cooray and its people in their observance of Wesak Day and wish them every success and best in all your endeavors. Mabuhay!
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