Pakistan will participate in the 14th UN International Vesak Festival to be held in Sri Lanka from May 12th to 14th this year, a Pakistani official said.
Pakistan will display Buddhist and Gandhara heritage relics at the three-day Vesak festival in Colombo, according to the official.
The arrangements for Pakistan’s participation in the festival were discussed in a meeting held between Federal Secretary for National History and Literary Heritage, Engineer Aamir Hassan and Counsellor and Head of Chancery High Commission of Sri Lanka, N M M Anas in Islambad.
It was decided in the meeting that a delegation from Pakistan will participate in the festival and display Buddhist and Gandhara heritage relics through a stall to represent country’s historical and cultural heritage, APP reported.
The festival will be held at a special UN Vesak Zone around Sri Lankan Parliament building.
Secretary Hassan informed the Sri Lankan diplomat that following the previous tradition, this year also Pakistan will invite a Sri Lankan delegation to participate in the Vesak festival to be held in Pakistan in the last week of May.
Counsellor High Commission of Sri Lanka thanked the Secretary NHLH Division, Amir Hasan for the hospitality extended by the Pakistan side last year and termed Islamabad city as a ‘second paradise’.
Aamir Hasan presented a special book on ‘Gandhara Civilization’ to the Sri Lankan Counsellor and hoped the relations between the two countries will be further strengthened in the future.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka last year signed an agreement regarding participation in such festivals through exchange of delegations.
During May, a three-member delegation from Pakistan participated in an exhibition of Gandhara Art of Pakistan in Sri Lanka displaying three relics including Buddha’s tooth, Gold Casket and Stone Casket.
On the invitation of Government of Pakistan, a 43-member delegation of Sri Lankan ministers, senior monks, religious scholars, media representatives and pilgrims attended the first-ever Wesak Festival hosted by Pakistan Government at Taxila from 29th May to 1st June 2016.