Source: News Bharati English19 Apr 2017 20:51:21
Colombo, April 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set for his second state visit to Sri Lanka where he will mark his presence at 14th international Vesak Day. Prime Minister Modi will visit Sri Lanka in the second week of May.
Speaking to the media senior Srilankan Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe announced that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in the celebrations marking the UN Vesak Day. He also informed that PM Modi will be the chief guest of the opening ceremony which will be held at BMICH in Colombo. Vesak is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar.
The 'International Day of Vesak' will be hosted by the Buddhist-majority country and the commemorations will include an International Buddhist Conference. The international convention will be held from May 12 to 14.
According to www.dailymirror.lk for the first time Sri Lanka will be hosting the United Nation Vesak Day in Colombo and Kandy. The convention will be attended by more than 85 countries and around 72 countries have already confirmed their participation.
The UN General Assembly in 1999 declared an “International Day of Observance for Vesak” — on the initiative of the then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgama. In 2000, for first time the UN Day of Vesak Celebration was celebrated at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, with representatives of Buddhist traditions from 34 countries.