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Health Ministry issues guidelines to be followed during Vesak week

The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services has issued a set of guidelines to be followed by the public and the Buddhist clergy during the vesak week.

The guidelines have been issued in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus during the vesak season and safeguard the people of the country.

Accordingly, Buddhist temples are requested to cancel ‘Amisa’ and ‘Prathipaththi’ Puja that would lead to large gatherings that may pose a Covid-19 health risk. Devotees are hence urged to engage is these activities from home.

The public is advised against organizing Vesak Zones, Dansal, Pandals and other such programmes that lead to large gatherings.

Temples are also urged to refrain from organizing any Dana, Sila, and Bhavana programmes, Dansal, Pandals and processions (Peraheras).

The public has been further advised not to leave their houses to see Vesak.

The public is advised to engage in Sila Bhavana programmes at their homes while Vesak decorations, lanterns and Pahan Puja are to be limited to within the premises of respective homes.

The Health Ministry said trading related to the Vesak season (Vesak lanterns, decorations and materials) must be carried out while maintaining social distancing and other health guidelines issued to curb the spreading of the cronavirus.