State Vesak festival to be held in Jaffna

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs has instructed authorities to hold this year's State Vesak Festival at the Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya in Jaffna focusing on the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The Prime Minister had also given instructions to relevant authorities to organize the State Vesak Festival together with those following other religions.

Accordingly the Departments of Hindu, Christian and Muslim Affairs under the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs will join in the efforts to organize the event.

The Prime Minister had given these instructions to relevant authorities in the presence of Maha Sangha at Temple Trees on Thursday evening, according to a communique by the Premier’s media division. The Prime Minister’s Office said that 65 temples in the North and East and 35 Buddhist Sunday schools in the North and East will be involved in the State festival.

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