The Importance of Poson Poya

Festival celebrated in Sri Lanka on the full moon of June. The Poson Poya, which is specially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka’s son, the arahant Mahinda, officially introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C.

In addition to the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a poya day, on Poson day devotees flock to Anuradhapura, the ancient capital city of the country, for it was there that arahant Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa, and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally made Sri Lanka the home of Theravada Buddhism.

Even today, on Poson Poya, Anuradhapura becomes the center of Buddhist activity. Mihintale, the spot where the momentous encounter between the Elder and the King took place, accordingly receives the reverential attention of the devotees.

The two rituals of pilgrimage and the observance of the Eight Precepts are combined here. Processions commemorative of the event, referred to as Mihindu Peraheras, are held in various parts of the country.

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Once on a time Brahmadatta was in Benares in Kasi. In reigning those days our Bodhisatta was his valuer. He used to value horses, elephants, and the like; and jewels, gold, and the like; and he used to pay over to the owners of the goods the proper price, as he fixed it.

But the king was greedy and his greed suggested to him this thought: “This valuer with his style of valuing will soon exhaust all the riches in my house; I must get another valuer.” Opening his window Continue reading

General Sarath Fonseka promoted to the rank of Field Marshal

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The Government of Sri Lanka awarded the Field Marshal title to former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for the yeoman service rendered by him, achieving the victory over terrorism. The official awarding of this honorary title to General Sarath Fonseka by President Maithripala Sirisena was taken place at the Ministry of Defence.

The title Field Marshal is an honorary and respected title bestowed by the Army. Only a handful has been given this title in the world. General Sarath Fonseka is the first Sri Lankan to be bestowed his Field Marshal honorary title in Sri Lanka’s history. A person who has been honoured with the Field Marshal title is considered an infinite hero.

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The language controversy over Sri Lanka National Anthem

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A National Anthem is a song of patriotic sentiment affirming loyalty to one’s country or nation adopted officially by that Country or Nation. An anthem becomes a national anthem through Constitutional provision, specific legislation or long – standing tradition.

Stylistically the majority of anthems are marches or hymns.They are usually written or composed in the most common language in the Country. There are however some notable exceptions to this rule particularly in multi-ethnic nations.

In Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon , the song “Namo Namo Matha” written by the artist-poet Ananda Samarakoon was formally adopted as the national anthem in 1951. It was slightly amended and changed to “Sri Lanka Matha” in 1961 without the consent of Samarakoon.

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Subway asking sri lankans to celerate poya with meat

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Facebook page of Subway Sri Lanka, a fast food restaurant franchise has published a post with the meaning of “Celebrate Poya day with Meat”

This is our comment about their post;

Celebrate poya day with turkey flesh? Beef? Sri Lanka is a country with 70% of buddhists. They are trying to refrain from all kind of meat during this day as a part of Pancha Sheela or five moral precepts.

But here they are playing with the emotions of the majority of Sri Lankan who loving the taste of their foods. As an international frenchise with a mission of establishing as a reputed resturent, they have a responsibility of respecting to the culture, norms, religious beliefs of that country. However they are challanging ethics openly.

Is this the way of their business ? Or Do you have a hidden agenda ? Open for the discussion !

Mobitel offers Twitter free of charge during Cricket World Cup

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Mobitel has partnered with Twitter, one of the largest social networking sites in the world, to give its valued customers the opportunity to use Twitter for free for the duration of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

The partnership will provide customers with the most comprehensive platform to follow the excitement and action of the world tournament, one tweet at a time.

Mobitel customers will receive access to the popular social media platform by visiting twitter.com for the duration of the event without incurring any data charges. A unique aspect of the service, which will be available until the end March, is that customers who do not possess a Twitter account can also experience the Cricket Timeline which includes scores and commentary by directly accessing twitter.com/i/cricket. Continue reading

Dead ball run-out error in England’s World Cup group match against Australia

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The ICC has confirmed that the decision to rule James Anderson as run-out on the final ball of England’s 111-run Cricket World Cup defeat to Australia was an error.

As England headed for the heavy loss, James Taylor was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar. The two England batsmen attempted a run before his finger was raised but Glenn Maxwell, fielding at point, threw down the stumps with Anderson short of his ground.

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Independent Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948. Many national struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka. And on the independence day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.

The British Raj was dominant in Asia after the Battle of Assaye; following the Battle of Waterloo the British Empire became the world superpower. Its appearance of omnipotence was only briefly dented by setbacks in India, Afghanistan and South Africa. It was virtually unchallenged until 1914.

The formation of the Batavian Continue reading