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POSON POYA DAY 
 
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Start Date/Time: Sunday, June 16, 2019 6:00 AM 
End Date/Time: Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:30 PM
Recurring Event: Every year on:6/16/2019
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Poson Poya is the full-moon of Poson (May), which is specially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka's son, the Arahat Mahinda, officially introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C.

Accordingly, in addition to the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a Poya day, on Poson day devotees flock to Mihintale & Anurādhapura, the ancient holy capital city of the country, for it was there that Arahat Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa, and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally made Sri Lanka the stronghold home of Theravāda Buddhism.

 

 

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