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Celebrating a Poya day near Unawatuna, Sri Lanka 26 Jul 2017

Posted on 26 Jul 2017
Celebrating a Poya day near Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Celebrating a Poya day near Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Celebrating a Poya day near Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

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Traditionally dressed dancers celebrating a Poya day near Unawatuna in Sri Lanka. Poya days are national holidays in Sri Lanka. Dates change every year. Poya days are held in accordance with the lunar cycle on the event of a full moon, usually once a month. Each day has a different name and commemorates a different key event from the Buddhist religion. As these are Buddhist holidays, the sale of alcohol is forbidden nationwide for the day. Visit Sri Lanka on any of Insight Guides' trips and experience a Poya day.



This article was originally published on 23 November, 2015


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