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June 26, 2018
Letchworth Buddhist Temple Celebrated 2018 Vesak
Letchworth Buddhist temple celebrated Vesak on Saturday 5th May 2018 and on Sunday 27th May 2018. The sil Program (Retreat) was held on Saturday 5th at the temple premises, with the guidance of the Venerable Resident Monks. The day began with the observance of Astangha Seela by Upasaka, Upasikas (devotees) conducted by Ven. Dediyawala Wimala Thero. the chief incumbent of the Letchworth Temple followed by meditation session. Ven. Sooriyawewa Kusala Thero delivered a special Dhamma sermon. The maha sangha conducted the midday Buddha Pooja. The devotees who observed sill organized the midday Dhana (Lunch) to maha sangha and to the devotees who observed Sill.

In the afternoon, Ven. Sooriyawewa Kusala Thero. explained and chanted the Dhammachakka Pawatha pirith sutra followed by a dhamma discussion on Abhidhamma and ended the sill program at 4.00 p.m. A large turnout of devotees observed Sill. A special sill program for children was held at the temple premises on Sunday 13th May from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Wesak Celebration was held at The St. Michaels Church Hall, Letchworth Garden City, Letchworth on Sunday 27th May 2018 from 2.00p.m. to 6.30p.m. Ven. Dediyawala Wimala Thero. conducted the observance of the five precepts followed by a dhamma sermon by Ven. Mathugama Palitha Thero. The parents and friends of the BCCL organized a series of devotional songs (Bhakthi Geetha) sung by adults and children lead by Mr. Prasaj de Silva. The main attraction was a display of several beautiful Wesak lanterns and Wesak Greeting cards made by children and prizes were awarded to the winners of the first three places. The day ended with a free Sri Lankan food stall (dansala) organized and sponsored by the devotees from Bedford. A special appreciation to Ven. Sooriyawewa Kusala Thero. for taking the leadership and planning all the events.

The events were well attended by Sri Lankans living in The UK and local residence. The Maha Sangha, The BCCL management committee members and the organizers wish to extend their appreciation to all those who attended the events and extending their support for making the Wesak celebrations a great success.
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