Wednesday, August 13, 2008

“Poson Carols”

Poson Poya or the full moon day of the month of June is the commemoration of the coming of Buddism into Sri Lanka.

The high light of “Setik” Poson Poya celebrations of 2008 was the parade of the chariot with the choir singing Buddhist religious songs. This festival is annually celebrated by the members of Setik with choral singing of religious songs.

“Setik” Bakthi Gee chariot commenced its journey from Alawathugoda, a small town in the northern border of the Kandy District. The choir sang or chanted religious songs for devotees who awaited them along the way up to the borders of the North Central Province. On route, when the chariot arrived into the Matale District and reached Aluwihara temple, the historical site where the Buddhist scripture were recorded in the ancient days the devotees at the temple welcomed the chariot. The choir sang many devotional songs at the temple grounds. At Dambulla the chariot paraded on several roads in that town for the benefit of the devotees gathered in large numbers.

The organizers of this parade engaged in the implementation of short Peace programmes for the devotees to promote the ideology of Peace.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

“Wesak Mal Dansala” (Free distribution of Flowers at “Wesak” - 2008)

“Wesak is an important festival of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. This co-memorative festival of Buddhism emphasizes the virtue of generosity as very meritorious. The pilgrims to temples on that day are provided freely food and drink. It is also customary to supply flowers for their offerings at the temples and shrines.

In the year 2008 – the festival of Wesak was observe on 19th May – Buddhist devotees visit temples to observe religious rites. The Temple of tooth is the main place of Buddhist Worship in Kandy.

‘SETIK” implemented a programme to provide free supply of flowers to the worshippers coming to the temple of the tooth. At the “SETIK” flower distribution stall flowers were distributed from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. on 19th May. A very special feature of this programme was that about 8000 White Lotus flowers were freely distributed to about 3000 worshipper to offer during the main morning offerings.

This programme was made possible through the generosity of the “SETIK” together with the co-operation of animators and peoples’ leaders of village and plantations where “SETIK” programmes are implemented. Irrespective race and religions all participated to make this programme successful. The pilgrims to the Temple appreciated the service tendered generously by an inter-faith group of “SETIK” Organization. Through this programme a very valuable message of peace, harmony and brotherhood was given to all people on this important Buddhist festival.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

An Inter Religious Celebration of Sinhala & Hindu New Year

The celebration of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year 2008 was organized by “SETIK” with all the grass-root level groups from the fields where “Setik” programmes are implemented. The celebrations were held on 18th April 2008 at the public ground of Rattota, Matale district, Central Proince. Over 400 peple actively participated in the programme, enabling us to realize our main objective of this programme - which was to build cordial relationship of inter-ethnic groups.

The celebrations commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by Rev. Fr. George Sigamoney - Director JPHDHR Secretariat and the flags of the four main religious by respective religious leaders.

This was followed by a series of about 20 traditional games in which all participated joyfully - children, women and men. The winners were awarded and the programme concluded with the national anthem.

All participants enjoyed themselves and our objective of promoting inter religious harmony and inter ethnic cordiality was realized to a good extent.