Colombo, March 27 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday said the government would hold May Day celebrations on May 7 this year instead of May 1 due to the Vesak Festival.
Speaking at an event in capital Colombo, Sirisena said cabinet had approved to move the May Day celebrations following a request made by the Buddhist clergy.
He said, this year Vesak would be celebrated on April 30 and May 1 and due to this all May Day rallies and events would be celebrated later in the week.
Vesak is a holiday traditionally celebrated by Buddhists world over.
The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha and is grandly celebrated across Sri Lanka.