June - Poson Celebration in Mihintale

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Poson, the sixth poya day of the year held on the full moon day of June, is noteworthy to Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day we commemorate the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda (son of King Asoka of India) at Mihintale in the third century B.C. Poson Poya is celebrated annually with great fervor throughout the island and the major ceremonies are to be found in Mihintale & Anuradhapura. Poson Poya is celebrated by Buddhists in Sri Lanka by visiting the Temple with offerings of flowers and incense to pay homage to Lord Buddha. Buddhist families decorate their homes with coloured lights, lanterns while making use of the holiday to engage in meritorious deeds such as “Dansal” giving away free food and beverage to people of all religious and ethnic groups.