Poya is the name given in Sri Lanka to the Lunar monthly Buddhist holiday of Uposatha. Poya occurs every full moon, every 29.5 days. Each Poya day is
There are 13 to 14 Poya days per year. When there is more than one Poya day per month, these are called ‘Adhi’ (extra in English.)
Feb 19th 2019 is Navam Poya, celebrating when the first ever Buddhist Council Meeting (Sangayanawa) took place!
Every Poya Day is a National Holiday in Sri Lanka. This means most businesses and shops will close for the day. The sale of meat and alcohol is also forbidden on Poya Day!
Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a highly spiritual country with over 70 percent of Sri Lankans practicing Buddhism. Sri Lanka is traditionally the oldest religious Buddhist country where Buddhist Aryan culture is protected and preserved.
Remember if you will be visiting any of the incredible temples in Sri Lanka to show respect and cover your shoulders and legs.
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