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  • Great festival

    Today (May 14) is Vesak Full Moon Day. The Independent carries this report under the heading 'Vesak, the great Buddhist Festival'.

    Today, the Buddhists of Ceylon celebrate once more, the birthday of the greatest teacher, Gautama Buddha from whose doctrines religionists of other denominations might differ, none can gainsay as to its purity of idea. 

    With that, however, we are not much concerned but to a large majority of the people of this island, today is a "great day". 

    In public mart and broad highway, in lowly lane and obscure nook, there are to be seen signs of rejoicing and marks of festivity. Flags and banners, Chinese lanterns and Sinhala 'gedigeys' are conspicuous everywhere in different degrees of gorgeousness and design. From shallowest to the highest, everyone more or less, is in holiday attire, and the sounds of the tom-tom and the native life have been resounding from early dawn; and will, we have little doubt, last till dewy eve tomorrow.

    The trams are full of a happy public and what with Vesak cards and Vesak cake, all Colombo and its suburbs are in a state of mild but marked excitement. 

    Carol parties were out last night, the temples have been thronged, the one at Kelani specially, attracting a large number of people from all parts. Several special trains were run yesterday between the Maradana junction and Kelani while there was one early, on the seaside from Panadura to Maradana. Special trains will be run today too. 

    Cards at 10 cents

    Manuel's Vesak cards are now ready and can be obtained from the leading stationers in Pettah, says an advertisement in the newspapers. 

    The cards priced at 10, 20 and 25 cents will satisfy everyone in neatness and design, the ad says.

    A new Vihare

    A new Vihare built at the instance of Mr H. P. Wimalagunawardena Muhandiram with the assistance and cooperation of the Vidyalanthara Society was formally declared open on May 10 by Chief Priest Sumangala in the presence of a very large gathering. The Vihare is situated a short distance from the Kelani Railway Station and is a handsome structure.

    -Media Man

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