Sri Lankans set for big religious celebration day

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SHEFFIELD’S Sri Lankan Community will come togeher on Sunday to celebrate Poson Poya.

The celebration will take place between 2pm and 5pm at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre, Howard Road. Walkley.

There will be an opportunity to listen to the Bana, a preaching by the Venerab of Khethumathi Buddhist Vihara, from Manchester,

This will be followed by Bhakthi Geetha, a Sri Lankan version of songs of praise which is set to feature a range of choral works, including pieces such as Danno Budunge, Dewram Vehere, Adawan Denethin, Wade Sugande and many more.

Poson is one of the greatest religious celebrations in Sri Lanka, especially among Buddhists.

Traditionally celebrated on the full moon in June or Poya day Poson, it marks the day on which Arahat Maha Mahinda , the son of King Asoka of India, personally introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

It happened in the 3rd Century BC, when he met King Devanum Piyathissa, setting in motion a series of events that finally made Sri Lanka the stronghold home of Theravada Buddhism.