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Sunday, 5 February 2012





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Devotees at a temple on Poya day

Navam Poya, an important day for Buddhists

The Navam Full Moon Poya Day which falls on February 7 this year is important to Buddhists all over the world. In addition to Sri Lanka, Navam Full Moon Poya is celebrated on a grand scale at many other places including the London Buddhist Vihara, Texas Buddhist Temple, USA and Melbourne Buddhist Temple in Australia.

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Buddha appoints two chief disciples

This year's Navam Poya falls on Tuesday, February 7. On the Poya day, devotees, clad in white, visit temples across the island. They observe the eight precepts (Atasil) and engage in various religious rituals, practising the teachings of the Buddha. Navam Poya commemorates many significant events that occurred over 25 centuries ago in the land where Buddhism flourished.

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