Vesak Mela to begin on Monday


ISLAMABAD, May 21 (APP): The celebrations of three-day `Vesak Mela’ will begin here at a hotel from May 22 (Monday) with participation of Buddhists monks from Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
It is an annual feature for Pakistan to host Vesak Mela (festival), which marks the celebrations of birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.
The arrangements for `Vesak Mela’ have been finalized by National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division.
Buddhists monks as well as a number of visitors from Sri Lanka and
Bhutan reached Pakistan on Sunday to attend `Vesak Mela’.
Joint Secretary NH&LH Division along with Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jayanath C.P. Lokuketagodage received the delegations.
The opening ceremony of the festival will be held on Monday at the hotel, which will be attended by Secretary NH&LH Division Engineer Aamir Hasan, Joint Secretary Syed Junaid Ikhlaq and other officials.
After the opening ceremony, the Buddhist delegations will be taken
to the historical Buddhist spot of Taxila. The officials of NH&LH
Division will accompany the delegations and brief them about the
historical significance of the place.
The Buddhist delegations will be taken to another historical place of
Takht Bai on May 23 (Tuesday). Buddhist monks will perform their religious rituals at the sacred places.
Talking to APP, the Secretary NH&LH Division said the division had
finalized all the arrangements to facilitate Buddhist monks visiting their sacred places to perform religious rituals.
He said Pakistan was signatory to Unesco’s declaration on cultural
diversity and committed to promote diversity of cultures. Pakistan was taking steps to attract Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia, he added.
This was for the first time that a delegation from Bhutan would
also be the part of Vesak Mela, he said.
The Vesak day is celebrated to commemorate events of significance to
the Buddhist of all traditions: the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha.
The festival is being observed across the globe by the followers of
Buddhism. The Vesak festival, also known as Buddha Purnima (full moon) and Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally on different days in all Buddhist countries of Asia and other parts of the world.