Poson Festival

About Poson Festival

Poson Festival is celebrated the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson is a festival of great historical and religious significance celebrated island-wide by Buddhists. Poson, held on the full moon day of June. Although Poson is celebrated throughout the island, the major ceremonies are to be found in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

Long lines of devotees dressed in white climb the many steps to the top of the Mihintale hill. There are many religious activities organized during the period of Poson including Sil Campaigns, Bodhi Poojas, Dansal which are set up with the aim of giving away free food and beverage to people sees the participation of all religious and ethnic groups. There are several other rituals that come with Poson. Devotional songs are sung by Buddhists, Poson pandols and lanterns. Lot of Poson pandols and Poson Lanterns are making Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

Also one of much colour and gaiety, with street, homes and public places decorated with beautiful and finely decorated hand-made paper lanterns small and big and glittering with illuminations, pandols depicting the different occurrences in the life of the Buddha or his previous births.

 

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