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  Though the calendar year universally commences on 1st January and ends on 31st December, various nationalities throughout the globe follow different reckonings distinct from this standard frame of 1st January to 31st December. ... 
 
  Poya or Poya Day is the name given to a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka which occurs every full moon day. The Full moon is important to Buddhists all around the world, who has adopted the Lunar Calendar for their religious observances. ... 
 
  Vesak is an annual holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, and Indonesia. ... 
 
  The concept of any New Year celebration or festival, in reality, only marks a date and a point of time from which a group of people of specific identity wish to re-start another period of 365 or 366 days, ... 
 
  Esala Perahera (the festival of the Sacred Tooth) is the grandest festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy and has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. ... 
 
  In the legends there is the story of king Kelanitissa who in the second century B.C. angered over an alleged love affair between his wife and his brother executed an Arahant by burning him alive in a cauldron of boiling oil. ...  
 
  Navam Perahera Festival in Colombo is a famous parade that draws tourists and visitors from across the country. You will find elephants, dancers and musicians taking to the streets during this grand and pompous parade in Colombo in Sri Lanka through two nights. ... 
 
  Katharagama hums with activity at the time of poojas (offerings or prayers). Devotees laden with offerings move lightly, barefoot, up the temple steps. ... 
 
  Sri Lanka, an island located at a stone’s throw from the southernmost tip of India, is identified with resplendent beaches and magnificent landscapes. The multi–ethnic country is a cultural mosaic, which has Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian elements. ... 
 
  Preparation for this great day begins weeks before as in any other country. The festive sound of firecrackers waking you up at the dawn of December 1st is the first intimation that Christmas is round the corner. ... 
 
  I think you’ll like to hear how the month of Ramadan fasting is observed in the Indian subcontinent. So I thought I’ll share how I used to observe Ramadan fasting in Sri Lanka when I was a Sri Lankan Muslim teenage boy. ... 
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