Vesak which marks the Birth, Enlightenment and the Parinirvana of the Lord Buddha, is commemorated by Buddhist all over the world. This year is the 2562nd year after the passing away of the Buddha.
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly formally acknowledged the significance of Vesak and that Buddhism, one of the oldest world religions, had contributed to the spirituality of humanity for two and a half millennia. Vesak is now internationally accorded as a United Nations Observance Day.
Sri Lanka has been a country which practised Theravada Buddhism for over 2500 years and continued to be identified as the foremost country in Theravada Buddhism.
Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia were established in 1957 and in 2017 Sri Lanka-Malaysia celebrate 60 years of Diplomatic Relations.
In commemorating 60 years of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia, the Government of Sri Lanka has presented a 60ftPandoldepicting the “Story of Kundalakesi” to the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Malaysia. The Engineering Services of Sri Lanka have designed and constructed a colourful Vesak Pandol within a short span of time creating truly Sri Lanka Vesak ambiance.
The Most Venerable Datuk Kirinde Sri Dhammaratana NayakaThero of Buddhist Maha Vihara and Mr.Sirisena Perera, President of Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society of the Buddhist MahaViharahahave extended their fullest support and provided all facilities to the work team from Sri Lanka during their stay in Malaysia. Mr. Mahinda Jayasooriya of Serandib Restaurant hasmagnanimously sponsored the travel of 17 member work team, transportation of the Pandol from Sri Lanka and facilitated logistical arrangements in Malaysia.
I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to the Buddhist MahaVihara, the Engineering Services of Sri Lanka, Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society of the Buddhist Maha Viharaand Serandib Restaurant for making it possible to celebrate Vesak with colourful Pandol in Malaysia.
I also take this opportunity to thank my officers at the High Commission for their unstinted support and valued contribution that helped to make this Vesak Pandol a reality.
I wish all the Buddhist a joyful and peaceful Vesak.