Happy New Year for my Buddhist Friends
There are many holidays and festivals celebrated by Buddhists around the world each year, most of which commemorate important events in the life of the Buddha or various Bodhisattvas. The date of the holidays are based on the lunar calendar and often different by country and tradition.
Buddhist holidays are joyful occasions. A festival day normally begins with a visit to the local temple, where one offers food or other items to the monks and listens to a Dharma talk. The afternoon might consist of distributing food to the poor to earn merit, circumambulating (walking around) the temple three times in honor of the Three Jewels, chanting and meditation.
Buddhist New Year
The Buddhist New Year is celebrated on different days throughout the world. In Theravadin countries (Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Laos), the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries, the new year usually starts on the first full moon day in January, and Tibetan Buddhists generally celebrate it in March.
Sri Lanka New Year for forgottten tsunami victims
Sinhala New Year
New year celebration, among the most forgotten of the tsunami
Dozens of families are "forgotten" by the government, which is holding in camps refugees with water and electricity problems – 5 bathrooms for 55 families. It is not giving them new homes, nor work or schooling. A gift package of a few euro will make the celebration of the new year more serene, on April 13.
Colombo- A gift package for the poorest victims of the tsunami of 2004, to allow them to celebrate Suriya Mangallaya (Feast of the sun), the new year of the Sinhala and Tamils, which falls between April 13 and 14. In the Sunanda Upananda camp in Moratuwa, a district of Colombo, 52 families, "forgotten" by the state, will receive 5 kilogrammes of rice, two coconuts, some clothing, and handmade traditional sweets, at a value of about 1,500 rupees (9.10 euro).
I hope that for these families the sun will start to shine one day .Ive seen a lot during my visits .There is so much help needed .U have no idea. Its not only a roof above their head…