Today marks Poson full-moon poya day celebrating the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC.
Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion over 2,000 years ago when Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.
For Buddhists, this hallowed day of Poson is second only to Vesak in terms of importance.
Although Poson is celebrated throughout the island, the major ceremonies are to be found in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
Many religious activities are organized during this Poson period in Sri Lanka.
Now we take a listen to a special segment on Poson Poya Day.
In his special message to mark the occasion President Mahinda Rajapakse noted that the arrival of Arahat Mahinda to Sri Lanka endowed us with a great teaching of wisdom and non-violence.
Meanwhile, in his message Prime Minister D M Jayaratna put forward a task for people to adjust their lives in line with Buddhist values.