Vesak celebrations in Seychelles

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The relationship between Sri Lanka and Seychelles has been developed to new heights after President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Seychelles and President Alex Michel’s visit to Sri Lanka before that. In January 2014, the Bank of Ceylon established its fourth overseas branch in Victoria, Seychelles. At the request of the Buddhist community in Seychelles, Bank of Ceylon has made arrangements for a Vesak festival on 14 and 15 May. For the first time in history four Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka are visiting Seychelles from 13 to 17 May to conduct Buddhist programs in Majoie in Seychelles. A full day of observing sil followed by a ‘dansala’ and a few other religious activities are scheduled for 14 May. On 15 May a children’s religious program and ‘Bakthi Gee’ performance will follow. Throughout this period, from 14 May till 16 May,   colourful Vesak lanterns and other illuminations will add light and colour to this area in Majoie in Seychelles. This special event was organised by the Bank of Ceylon Seychelles Country Head, staff of BOC Seychelles branch and the Seychelles Buddhist Association. Main sponsorship is provided by Bank of Ceylon, BOC Travels and Ahamed Didi in Seychelles.