Ministers not in favour of ban on pandals

25 April 2018 08:30 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The proposal made by the Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera to the Cabinet yesterday banning Wesak Pandals and Danasalas was turned down by the Ministers severely objecting to the proposal.

In the midst of the opposition by the Ministers, Minister Jayawickrama Perera had opined that this was an idea mooted by the Mahanayakes.

Ministers who expressed objections had voiced saying that putting up Pandals and conducting Danasalas during Wesak had been a tradition for a long time, and therefore restrictions cannot be imposed, however a request can be made to have the Pandals exhibited on another day avoiding the Poya day, but it is appropriate time that the Dansalas are organized on the Poya Day, the Ministers had commented. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)

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  • shiva Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:09 PM

    its a Sinhala culture for years why you planning to ban that? don't mess with people's culture or religion. do other development processes to the country, do something useful for people who have voted for you. do something about these national wild safari jeeps chasing and harassing animals for their benefit, the same thing with Mirrissa whale watching they started chasing whales which are not right.

    Anushka Wijepala Wednesday, 25 April 2018 03:09 PM

    Well said!

    malij Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:02 PM

    The Wesak day has become a revellers carnival. It definitely is not our religion or our culture.

    Nayaka Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:18 PM

    This government must know not to trouble, trouble unless trouble troubles them, as they will only double trouble a nd trouble others too. The change of May day also was a simillar stupidity.

    Indika Wednesday, 25 April 2018 01:24 PM

    Not only May day, but also the Wesak Poya day as we ll. All other Buddhist countries celebrating it on May 29th. But in Sri Lanka it is on April 29!!!

    Kumar Wednesday, 25 April 2018 01:36 PM

    Its how nice to see vesak pandals even though i am not a buddhist.Why should we change all these culture?May be the minister is not getting any comminssion from the bulb companies.He should feel shame as a buddhist to give this statement.

    Subash Wednesday, 25 April 2018 03:05 PM

    Pls sack Jayawicrama from Buddha sasana Ministry, we do not want such a minister who trys to change the traditions of our religion

    Cleanman Wednesday, 25 April 2018 03:10 PM

    One thing for sure there will be no my3 for next presidential

    Labby Wednesday, 25 April 2018 03:14 PM

    Going by the comments on this news item it is clear that nobody is paying attention to the statement that this idea was mooted by the Mahanayakes. So the question arises; is the Minister lying about it? If so, how do we know? But if it is in fact an idea mooted by the Mahanayakes then why criticize the government?

    malij Wednesday, 25 April 2018 06:52 PM

    Wesak day is for the Buddhists to engage in religious activities and spread compassion. But now it has become a revellers carnival. Very soon it will beat the Rio Carnival in Brazil.


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