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!