In commemoration of the Poson Poya, the day that Buddhism was launched to Sri Lanka by Arahat Mahinda Thero, the Embassy of Sri Lanka within the United Arab Emirates along with the Sri Lankan neighborhood celebrated Poson on 12 and 14 June 2022 on the Embassy premises with the participation of all of the Sri Lankan neighborhood teams ie; Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Catholics.
On 12 June 2022, the uposatha seela programme was performed for Buddhist devotees by Ven.Bodhawala Priya Bharathi on the Embassy premises adopted by dana (alms giving). Within the night of 14 June 2022, the programme commenced with the Sambodhi Pooja, adopted by a Dharma sermon performed by Ven. Bodhawala Priya Bharathi.
Conducting the Dhamma sermon, Ven. Bodhawala Priya Bharathi highlighted the significance of Poson Poya, the day the noble philosophy of life, Buddhism, was bestowed to the nation by Arahat Maha Mahinda Thero. The significance of understanding the teachings of Buddhism and adhering to them always was emphasised. On the finish of the sermon, the Thero invoked blessings upon all of the members, leaders of UAE in addition to Sri Lanka, and its individuals. Ven. Thero additionally handed the deserves to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former president of UAE who handed away lately.
With the intention of depicting the spirit of ‘Poson’, precisely as it’s celebrated in Sri Lanka, a construction of ‘Mihintale’, was constructed by the workers within the Embassy premises for public viewing. The colorful decorations with lanterns, Buddhist flags and buntings on the Embassy premises enhanced the glory of the occasion. The guests had been additionally provided native meals on the Dansala. The Poson celebrations had been attended by over 400 guests adhering to COVID rules imposed by the UAE authorities.