In Vesak Season almost all towns, cities and streets in Sri Lanka lit with Vesak decorations while pandols erected are electrically lit. Most of pandols erected in Colombo are sponsored by donors, religious societies and welfare groups illustrating a story from 550 Past Life Stories of Lord Buddha.
Apart from pandols, lanterns made in different shapes are lit with new modes of illuminations in most homes as well as in cities including Colombo capital. The lighting signifies offerings to the memory of Lord Buddha.
The decision to agree to celebrate the Vesak as Buddha’s birthday was formalized at the first Conference of World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950. Yet festivals in Buddhist in world are centuries-old traditions. In 1999, United Nations resolved to internationally observe the day of Vesak at its headquarters and offices.
Asian Mirror toured in Colombo capital captured bright illuminations in pandols, lanterns, dansals and other bhakthi gee events during Vesak.