This is my first day in Sri Lanka, and, if first impressions are worth anything, I think I’m really going to love it here. The weather is hot, the people smile easily, the food is sublime and culturally it’s rich. Really rich. There is something new everywhere. And it doesn’t seem to have the hassle factor that is quite common one nation north.
Luckily for me, today is a public holiday known as a Poya Day, of which there are 12, sometimes 13, depending on the number of full moons in a particular year. It’s a Buddhist day of observance unique to Sri Lanka. On a Poya Day, Buddhists will visit their favourite temple and follow the 5 precepts by abstaining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech and consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants.
In the cover picture, women dressed in white enter Gangaramaya Temple, the most famous temple in Colombo.
There’s a big spectacle tonight when the floats are paraded down the street.