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Sri Lanka High Commission Celebrates Vesak PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:07

The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi observed Vesak, the thrice blessed day for Buddhists the world over on 23 May 2024 with several activities.

The main event was held at the High Commission premises with the participation of Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India Meenakshi Lekhi as the Chief Guest. Additional Secretary of the Indian Ocean Region Division of the Ministry of External Affairs Puneet Agrawal and representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs, Heads of Mission and representatives of the Delhi-based diplomatic corps, members of Sri Lankan community and students in Delhi also attended the event.

A large rotating Vesak lantern crafted by a committed team was displayed at the main entrance of the High Commission on the road adjoining the Mission, visible to passers-by. The lantern was officially illuminated and inaugurated by State Minister Lekhi during the event and will remain open for public viewing until 27 May 2024. Octagonal lanterns adorned the Mission perimeter also added to Delhi’s cultural landscape, not only beautifying the environs but also symbolically offering the wisdom of Buddhism to the world, encompassing the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

On Vesak Day, Sri Lankan envoy Senewiratne points to deep India-Sri Lanka connect PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 24 May 2024 10:37

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne in New Delhi on May 23, 2024 Photograph:(WION)

New Delhi - Written By: Sidhant Sibal - Updated: May 24, 2024

Emphasising on deep India Sri Lanka Buddhism link, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne on the Vesak day celebrations at the high commission in New Delhi pointed to how the message of Buddhism reached her country from India. The Sri Lankan high commissioner was decked up with lights to celebrate the day, with a large white Vesak lantern outside the mission.

"Sri Lanka received the message of Buddhism in the time of Emperor Ashoka," High Commissioner Senewiratne reminded, invoking the historical ties that have bound Sri Lanka and India through the ages. She emphasised on how Vesak is not a mere reminder of Buddha's enlightenment but a moment for profound reflection on his teachings.

Highlighting the enduring ties between Sri Lanka and India, Senewiratne remarked, "Sri Lanka and India will forever be bound by the unbreakable bonds of our countries' Buddhist heritage."

This underscores the deep-rooted cultural and spiritual connections that have historically defined the relationship, with new focus being on Buddhist circuit.

Senewiratne emphasised the broader regional significance of Buddhism, noting how it has shaped the cultural landscapes of nations beyond Sri Lanka and India. "The Buddha was born in Lumbini, and attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya and Parinirvana in Kushi Nagar" she remarked, pointing to the profound impact of Buddhism across South and Southeast Asia.

Vesak Day Message of H.E. the President, PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 23 May 2024 00:00

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Wednesday, 22 May 2024 19:23
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