First Vesak Celebration for the North Texas Sri Lankans
 
DFW Vesak 
 
The Sri Lankan community in North Texas gathered together to join in the celebration of Vesak at the Hang Dao Buddhist Temple in Fort Worth, Texas.  A first for the area Sri Lankans, the event was held on the 24th of May in conjunction with the Vietnamese temple's Vesak Day celebration.
 
The participation of the Sri Lankan community in the temple's celebration was organized under the leadership and encouragement of resident monk ven. Kamburugalle Nanda. Sri Lankan monks from the Houston Buddhist Vihara were also invited for the event.  Both Sri Lankan children and adults trained at short notice to put on an excellent show of Bhakthi Gee and Vesak Lanterns that entertained the several hundred devotees of Vietnamese and Sri Lankan origin.
 
Here are some of the sights of the day
 
 
Shrine Room
Commencement of the celebration
 Kids lining up
Kids lining up for Bhakthi Gee
Kids lined up for bhakthi gee Kids Bhakthi Gee Line Up
Kids Bhakthi Gee 
Singing Budhu Saadu song
 Kids singhing Budhu Saadu song
Kiddie Bhakthi Gee
Teens lineup
Teens line-up for Bhakthi Gee
Teens singhing Bhakthi Gee

Rev. Nanda's sermon Ven. Kamburugalle Nanda
Devotees
Devotees
Hanging Lanterns
Lanterns going up
Hanging lanterns
 
Admiring the lanterns
Admiring the lanterns
Lanterns on display
 

Outdoors activities

 
Rev. Nanda
Ven. Nanda admiring Vesak lanterns
UTA Students
Students from the University of Texas at Arlington
 Final rehersal
Final rehersal for adults
 Adults on stage
Adults on stage
Adults singing bhakthi gee
Bhakthi gee on stage
Audience
The audience
 
Last updated: Monday, May 26, 2008
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