Colombo celebrates Vesak with additional security arrangements, one of Sri Lankas religious and cultural festivals of in the month of May on a full moon day. It is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world and it is considered as one of the biggest days of the year. The important events that took place in the life of Lord Buddha are commemorated by the Buddhists on this day.
By the order of the government, all liquor stores and slaughter houses were closed during the weekend of Vesak.
The bright digital light designs, called Pandols (thoranas) that were put up in Colombo, Kandy and other main cities of Sri Lanka are the obvious signs for the arrival of Vesak. The presence of colorful lanterns positioned along streets and near homes is also another sign that indicates Vesak. Sil campaigns, Bodhi poojas, Dansalas (free food and drink) and Bakthi Gee (Vesak Devotional songs) are some religious activities that were organized during this period.
The streets in Colombo including Ganagaramaya were also decorated beautifully for Vesak.