On April 29, 2018, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing celebrated Vesak Day, which was praised as “Buddha Auspicious Day”. Our TV station was invited to attend and make a special report on this celebration.
Vesak Day is a festival that Southern Buddhism traditionally commemorates the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Sakyamuni, founder of the Buddhism. This festival is highly valued by the Buddhists of Southeast Asian and South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Singapore and Malaysia. Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Nepal, Maldives, Burma and many other diplomats were invited to attend this celebration, embodying the cooperation spirit of " The Belt and Road Initiative Connecting People’s heart"!
The celebration included many segments. After the opening ceremony of the host, Master Yan Jue, vice president of the China Buddhist Association gave a wonderful speech and led domestic masters of Buddhism to recite the Buddhist scriptures. H.E. Ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku delivered an important speech, extending a warm welcome to all the guests.
A Sri Lanka Buddhism cultural exhibition was also held on the celebration. The guests experienced a unique Sri Lanka Buddhism culture, visited Buddhism utensils and handicrafts exhibitions and enjoyed various vegetarian dishes with distinctive Sri Lanka style.
At the celebration, Hu Zhou, the leader of our TV station, developed friendly exchanges with H.E.Ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku and sent a piece of "Nvshu" calligraphy, which was written by a descendant of Jiangyong's "Nvshu", Hu Xin, and means “Universal harmony in the world Harmonious coexistence and common development”, and Hunan’s unique speciality, Qi Yao Teng Tea to H.E. Ambassador, extending the deepest respect to the Vesak Day and the Buddha theme of “Mercy, Peace, Goodness”! H.E. Ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku was very happy to receive this gift and took a photo with Mr. Hu.