Believe it or not, every full moon, Sri Lankan schools & workplaces close and the sale of alcohol and meat on what is known as Poya Day, is strictly forbidden.  This means there’s a Buddhist holiday every 29.5 days.  Add the Muslim, Hindu and Christian holidays into the mix and that’s a lot of days off work ….. nearly as many as in Nepal!

Sinhalese Buddhists follow the lunar calendar and Poya is treated as the most auspicious of the four lunar phases every full moon.  This requires a person to dress in white and visit a temple for religious observances.  Temples are jam packed on Poya and you haven’t a hope of getting a spot of meditation in, but it’s still an interesting time to visit my local temple.

Today is Unduvap Poya,  the last full moon of  2016.

Happy Poya everyone!



About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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