What do they do on Poya day?
Generally shops and businesses are closed on Poya days, and the sale of alcohol and meat is forbidden. The Poya Day in each month generally falls on the Gregorian date of the full moon but occasionally it falls a day either side.
What is Duruthu Full Moon Poya day?
COLOMBO, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — Buddhist devotees in Sri Lanka on Thursday celebrated Duruthu full moon Poya day, a key religious and historic date in the calendar for Sri Lankans as it marks Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka on the ninth month after attaining Enlightenment.
What is the important of Duruthu Poya?
The significance of Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day is that it marks Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. It was on a day like today, nine months after the Enlightenment, that Gautama Buddha, set foot on Sri Lanka for the first time to solve a confrontation between the Yaksha and Naga Tribes.
What is the importance of Unduvap full moon Poya day?
Unduvap Poya is the last Full Moon Poya day of the year and commemorates the arrival of Sangamitta Theri in Sri Lanka with a Bo sapling from the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in India during the month of Unduwap.
Which Poya day is today?
Buddhists all over the world celebrates the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day today (May 25).
What is interesting about full moons in Sri Lanka?
Every full moon (usually once a month) is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Each of the full moons has its own name and they are days to commemorate key events in Buddhism. The Poya dates will change each year and certain Poya dates may be a day before or after the date of the full moon.
What is meaning of Poya?
Poya is the name given to the Lunar monthly Buddhist holiday of Uposatha in Sri Lanka, where it is a civil and bank holiday. Full moon day is normally considered as the poya day in every month.