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Thousands throng Amadhahara Vesak Zone

The second day of the Amadhahara Vesak Zone,organized by The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) in association with Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) was declared opened by Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Ranatunga said that all Buddhists are celebrating Vesak happily in these peaceful times.

"Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka.

"Buddhists all over the country are celebrating the triple anniversary of the Buddha, the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi," he said.

ANCL Director Editorial Seelarathna Senarath, General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa, Secretary (ANCL) Kumudu Gunawardena, Public Relations Manager P S Illesinghe and a number of ANCL employees participated in the inauguration of the Vesak Zone for the second day.

ANCL Director Editorial Seelarathna Senarath speaking on the occasion said that ANCL provides news to the people in all three languages.

"The circulation of the Budusarana has increased by 500,000 copies during the Vesak season," he said.

The Amadhahara Vesak Zone consists of a Vesak lantern competition and exhibition, Bakthi Gee presentations by renowned singers and ANCL employees, puppet shows and several dansalas.

Tens of thousands of people visited the Amadahara Vesak Zone yesterday.

This is the 21st year that ANCL has organized the Vesak lantern competition and the Vesak Zone.

Attractive prizes are on offer for winners of the Vesak lantern competition. TV Derana and FM Derana are the electronic media sponsors and the main events of the Amadhahara Vesak Zone is being broadcast over Derana.

Several government and private institutions in the vicinity of Lake House are participating in this year's Amadhahara Vesak Zone.

It would be open to the public today as well in the vicinity of Lake House building at D R Wijewardene Mawatha.

 

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