On the first May full moon Buddhists of the country celebrate the Vesak Poya Day which comprises Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. The huge festival for Buddha is accompanied by various traditions. Before Vesak people use to fabricate lanterns to decorate their gardens and houses. The very talented ones take part in the yearly competition building mobile creations full of light which you can admire in Colombo and other cities.
The buddhist flag is fixed in all roads. People meet at temples and certain places to celebrate colorfully and worship the Buddha. On the streets people offer food and drinks for free (Dansal). Buddhists also use to give donations to charitable organizations throughout the country. The celebrations go on for one week in which it is not allowed to sell fresh meat and alcohol. In the towns you will find huge boards with colourful bulbs called pandol or torana depicting the life of Buddha.