The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi held a number of religious ceremonies to coincide with Vesak this year.
Members of the staff of the High Commission along with members of the Sri Lankan community in New Delhi participated in the religious ceremony which consisted of a Bodhi Pooja and religious sermons, conducted by members of Sri Lankan and Indian Buddhist clergy.
After the conclusion of the religious events, Vesak lanterns were lit in and around the High Commission premises. The three best creations of Vesak lanterns were awarded prizes.
Earlier in the day, High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam participated as the chief guest at the Vesak celebrations organized by the Young Men’s Buddhist Association of India at the auditorium of the National Museum in New Delhi.
He stressed the importance of adhering to the principles of Metta, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha for a contented life. His address outlined the fact that Buddhism was a faith that respects and tolerates all other religions and focuses on the human mind which is responsible for everything including making war and peace.
Lord Buddha was the greatest liberal and humanitarian who more than 2,000 years ago pioneered a social revolution stating that it was action and not birth that determined one's status in life, he said.