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Today is Poson Full-Moon Poya Day

Today is Poson full-moon poya day. The day celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion when Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main focal point of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his message to mark Poson Poya says, within a setting where most milestones of human civilization were achieved with the power of weapons, the festival of Poson, which signifies the glorious message of loving-kindness, brings back the memory of the emergence of a virtuous nation.

The message added: “It is not only the heredity of a new religion that we obtained with the arrival of Arahat Mahinda, but also a nation nourished by Buddhist cultural values was created based on that significant incident.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe issuing a message to mark Poson Full Moon Poya day says, Buddhism is the great philosophy to enrich one's spirituality. The four sublime states of the mind; Metta, Karuna, Muditha and Upekkha, which stand for loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, teach us peace, reconciliation and spiritual calmness through the teachings of the Buddha.

Many religious activities have been organized island-wide in view of Poson Poya. Many programmes will be held in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Renovations at the Dimbulagala Aaranya Senasenaya are underway, under the "Pibidemu Polonnaruwa" District Development Programme. The new Piriven Hall and Sanga Wasaya will be vested with the prelates, by the President, today.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will switch-on the Poson illuminations at Mihintale at 6.00pm today at a ceremony at the Mihintale Medamaluwa, to mark the second day of the Lake House ‘Mihintale Aloka Pooja’ held for the 56th time this year.

More than 1 million devotees are expected in Anuradhapura, Mihinthaley, Thanthirimaley and Polonnaruwa this year.