The Vesak celebrations were held at the London Buddhsit Vihara on 14 May 2017 which was attended by a large gathering of devotees.
The event commenced with the hoisting of the Buddhist flag by the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, HE Amari Wijewardena which was followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp.
The key note speech was by Dr Steven Kemper, Professor of Anthropology at Bates University, USA who was on a visit to London. He delivered a very informative talk on Dharmapala's role in instituting Vesak around the World.
Over 200 devotees observed atasil (eight precepts) on the day
The days events were concluded by the teachers and parents of the LBV Rahula Dhamma School singing Bhakthi Gee (devotional songs).
Pictures by Tissa Madawela
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