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Sri Lankan Vesak Festival BroughtLight and Colour to Nelson

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Those who practice Buddhism spend the day at the temple, listening to the monks’ sermons and doing meditations. 

Our Traditional Vesak Lantern was made of a recycled wooden pallet, recycled cardboard, an upcycled metal stand, paper, glue, controlled LEDs, wires, and a battery. 

The Vesak lantern was a nearly 15 foot-high rotating lantern surrounded by six more miniature lanterns and has been a labour of love for the community. The principal designer of the Lantern was Nilantha Manjula and was supported by Sudath Nanayakkara, Sujith Jayarathna, Lalaka Wijerathna and their family members. Many Nelsonians visited the Vesak lantern and enjoyed Dilmah tea (Sponsored by Dilmah) served with traditional Kokis. 

The event is held by Victory Square on Saturday and Sunday (May 14 and 15) from 6 pm to 10 pm. We were also supported by Srilankans and Apekama Facebook pages which we received a massive amount of welcome and appreciation. We hope to have a much bigger Vesak zone in 2023. 

Sure, Nelson will glitter in colour and light again by Srilankan Wesak.

From left – Sudath Nanayakkara, Thushari Nanayakkaram, Rachel Boyack (MP NZ Parliament) and Sujith Jayarathna
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