Patunai Daham Amavai” Lights up Yalpanam
[Updated :: 2010-05-28 17:03:21
massive crowd in tens and thousands flocked to witness the Jaffna
Vesak Zone on its first day, 27th May to feel the sanctity of real
Vesak when it was declared open for the public on Thursday evening.
People in Jaffna (Yalpanam) as well as visitors from various parts
of the country irrespective their ethnicity and religion walked
along the illuminated roads in the Zone admiring hundreds of decorations
made by Army troops serving in Jaffna to mark this year’s Vesak.
Among the recorded crowd exceeding 150,000 on its first day, majority
were young people who probably have never seen such a fiesta before.
The model of Sri Pada where Lord Buddha’s footprint is worshipped,
the hell, ghost house, large Dansala which accommodates over 200
persons at a stretch and erections depicting various stories about
Lord Buddha’s life were seen frequently congested with interested
crowds. It was significant to note that male and female students
of schools in Jaffna took part in Vesak Bhakthi Gee presentations
implying communal harmony through religion.
Commander Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J) Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe, accompanied by a galaxy of distinguished
guests including Chief Incumbent Jaffna Naga Vihara Rev. Meegahajandure
Gnanarathana Thero, Vicar General Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Justin B.
Gnanaprgasam, Government Agent Mr. K. Ganesh, Vice Chancellor University
of Jaffna Professor N. Shanmugalingam and senior Army and Police
officers, declared open the Vesak Zone the first day.
The grand festival was organized on a concept of Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe under the theme of “Yapa Patunai Daham Amavai” with
view to enhancing communal harmony.
It will continue up to 30th May.