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Vesak Poya

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Vesak Poya

We will be in Colombo for Vesak Poya. Is there anything that we should not miss? Open to suggestions of what to do. Thx

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1. Re: Vesak Poya

There will be several pandals in Colombo.

Hans

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Also you can get a nice experience with locals by going to a "Dan sala" (refectory) which will organize by village peoples on vesak poya day. Its free of charge. you can eat rice and few curries.

As Mr Hans said, you can see beautiful pandals around in Colombo, but the thing is on that day driving around colombo is very difficult with huge traffic. From outside of Colombo like, kiribathgoda, kelaniya, gampaha and divulapitiya also can see some beautiful pandals

Greetings !!!!

Krish SL

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The hygiene at 'Dansalas' are often very poor, unfortunately.

Hans

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Thanks--I'll check it out

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Can you explain what a Dan Sala is and how we find one. Thx

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Mr Hans, No sir.... not often. very rare. our peoples not giving any unclean things. because its not a business. but some times the way cooking will not good for a one or two persons.

Thank you

Krish SL

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A 'dansala' is a place where they serve free food (or free soft drinks) on the occasion Vesak. You will ask around locally to find a 'dansala' location.

Hans

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Yes, by ask local peoples around you can find a "Dansala" very easily. Also when you driving on the road you can see lots of peoples together in a place & one or two guys waving "Buddhist Flags". That means there is a "Dansala" soft drinks or foods to eat.

Greetings !!!

Krish SL

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Well I certainly won't go around recommending tourists to sample food at Dansals.

Dansals (pronounced Done-Sull) are free food stalls to honour the act of giving.

And since they are free you can't exactly complain about the hygiene standards, procedures or the quality !

Rosanky, Texas
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Thx for all the info