Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that he would be requesting the United Nations (UN) to make preparations to declare Vesak Poya Day as an international holiday. S
peaking at a press conference at the Justice and Buddha Sasana Ministry yesterday, Rajapakshe said the suggestions made would be approved by the UN in the final session of the first international Vesak festival in Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held on May 14.
He also said that the inaugural ceremony of the International Vesak Festival would be held on May 12 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) with the participation of representatives from over 100 countries.
Buddha Sasana Ministry Secretary Chandraprema Gamage,Light of Asia Foundation President Naveen Gunaratne and International Vesak Festival 2017 Coordinator Saman Weeraman also participated.