Poson celebrations

Poson full-moon day is celebrated the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC, a festival of great historical and religious significance celebrated island-wide by Buddhists. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main centre of the celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda perched the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura the ancient capital, to which large crowd of pilgrims converge. Mass religious observances, illuminations pageants are part of the celebrations.

The Poson Full Moon Day religious observances for 2019 is organised by Shanthi Vihara. The Sila Bhavana Programme will be held on 23rd June 2019 at St Patricks Church Hall, with the participation of devotees and Dhamma school children.

The "Buddhabhivandana Poson Bethi Gee Saraniya" Devotional songs will be performed by Adults. This time Dhamma School children will perform a Child Devotional Songs as well.


09:00 AM - Observance of Ata Sil and Buddha Vandana

09:30 AM - Dhamma Sermon & Meditation By Venerable Teldeniyaye Amitha Thero

11:00 AM - Buddha Pooja

11:20 AM - Dana for Monks and Upasaka/Upasikas   

12:15 PM  - Lunch for devotees

01:00 PM  - Dhamma Sermon by
Venarable A. Wimalajeewa Thero

01:30 PM  - Dhamma Sermon by Rev. N. Suwachaseela Thero

Poson Bethi Gee   

04:30 PM  - Poson Dansela


Entirely voluntary financial or material contributions (Dana- Vegetarian dishes) to support some of these events would be gratefully accepted. Accordingly, any devotee wishing to make any such donations is invited to fill up the Online document below. Or you can contact Vihara for contributions. Please inform us what you would like to sponsor for the Poson Dana by the 17th June.

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