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Vesak lanterns (Kudu)
Monday, 30 April 2007 - 7:15 PM SL Time

Vesak lanterns are lit in most of the homes in Sri Lanka on Vesak poya day. The lighting signifies an offering to the memory of the Buddha who delivered the message of Dhamma. In ancient times, people used their clay oil lamps for illumination. When candles became popular, colourful lanterns were made in different shapes and used to be lit with these new modes of illumination.

Vesak thoranas or pandols, with colourful pictures depicting the Buddha`s life story and also his previous births became popular in cities and suburbs when electric jets were used to attract the attention of the devotees and sightseers who went to see them in the night.

While watching illuminated thoranas the recitation of Sinhala verses to the beat of the rabanas throughout the night became popular. This went on for a few days even after Vesak full moon poya day.


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Happy Vesak MrBrown and all other on LNP
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30 Apr 2007 12:18:39 GMT  Report for Abuse   
I used to make them for for competitions.........cut my fingers loads of times...wish I am back at school:(:(

Memories are floding back to my mind!

Thanks is a cyber kiss for the vesak koodu:):)
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The one you have in the picture may be the 'Maha Pahan Kuudu raajaya'. They also be circulated via using a motor underneath.

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Happy wesak !
Priyanthy !
ennappa koottukkul kooruvigalaayk kaanom !
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30 Apr 2007 12:30:57 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Thanks for the vesak wishes priyanthy......very nice picture..and I wish you all a very happy and peaceful vesak season.....

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30 Apr 2007 12:34:33 GMT  Report for Abuse   

Thanks and happy Vesak to you too :)

ennappa koottukkul kooruvigalaayk kaanom !

this is Vesak koodu, so no kuruvies....Kuruvis have thennaimaram as their koodu...kuruvikkoodu.
Edited By - Priyanthy - 30 Apr 2007 12:35:41 GMT
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Real dear,

Thank you and wishing you the same :):)
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30 Apr 2007 13:01:28 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Priya priya,

Nice piece of work. Although you hav written as Kudu it should be pronounced as Koodu, just like in Thamil.

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Happy Wesak to y'all!

love & peace!

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30 Apr 2007 14:07:38 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Priyanthy akka

wish you a v happy vesak
may the blessings of the Triple
Gem Be with you and your family
and i wish you a life without
troubles and sicknesses...
take care...
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