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2014 Vesak Pandols (Community Light Displays) Video On YouTube — Worth Watching.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Pope’s 2014 Vesak greeting — May 10, 2014.
>> 2014 Vesak post — May 4, 2014.
>> 2013 Vesak post
 — May 16, 2013.

++++ See Category ‘Sri Lanka‘ or search on ‘Sri Lanka‘ & ‘Buddhism‘  for other related posts >>>>


Vesak (or Wesak or Vesākha), the Buddhist ‘trifecta’ that rolls into one the equivalent of Christmas, the Pentecost and Good Friday, is a Festival of Lights — though it is NOt celebrated as such.

Buddhist houses are decorated with elaborate lanterns — like the one shown above. The ‘kids’ would spend weeks before hand making them with bamboo sticks and rice paper. They are actually very easy to make (and ultra flammable). Very clever geometric design, where you lash together simple squares to get the fancy shapes.

So lanterns in the houses … BUT huge elaborate PANDOLS in public places that tell the Buddhist story and absolutely dazzle you with light. Think of the most garish Christmas light display you can think of — and then multiply that a few times. Pandols are community and corporate efforts. Lots of money gets spent on them and they also collect funds to make them. Think of it a static, (no boobs) equivalent of New Orleans Mardi Gras or Brazil’s Carnival.

Anyway check out this 2014 video on YouTube to get an appreciation. Enjoy.


Click to access very good, must watch YouTube. Listen to the Sinhalese. I, alas, can't, any longer, understand most of it, which is SAD because that was my mother tongue. I used to get BRIBED, chocolates (smuggled), toys and books, to NOT talk in Sinhalese (which I preferred) BUT to talk in English (which is why even today, 50 years later, I still talk in pidgin English).

Click to access very good, must watch YouTube. Listen to the Sinhalese. I, alas, can’t, any longer, understand most of it, which is SAD because that was my mother tongue. I used to get BRIBED, chocolates (smuggled), toys and books, to NOT talk in Sinhalese (which I preferred) BUT to talk in English (which is why even today, 50 years later, I still talk in pidgin English).


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