The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv and the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Israel organized the celebration of Vesak Day as in previous years.
On Saturday, May 9 from 6 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. the main Vesak programme of "Observance of Sil" was conducted at Beit Dani Hall in Tel Aviv.
Over 1,000 Sri Lankans and other religious dignitaries in Israel attended.
Ven. Ahangama Rathnasiri Maha Thera, Chief Sanganayake, Canada and Ven. Prof. Wijayarajapura Seelwansa Maha Thera, Chief Sanganayake, Europe and Head of Buddhist Philosophy and Contemporary Religion, Vienna University conducted the religious observances on the invitation of the Embassy.
About 150 Sri Lankans observed "Ashta Seela" (Eight Precepts). All participants were served breakfast (Heel Dana), lunch and tea. At the end of the religious programme a group of Sri Lankans performed Vesak Bakthi Gee.
On May 10 a Dhamma discussion followed by Dhana was arranged at the official residence of Ambassador, W.M. Senevirathna.