Glossary

Vanakkam

Greetings

Origin:

Tamil

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Vanni

A large area of snake-infested jungle in the north of Sri Lanka. Irrigated by man-made tanks filled by small rivers, it is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country.

Origin:

Tamil

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Vap

Vap poya is the full moon day in the lunar month of Vap (in October). Vap commemorates the conclusion of The Buddha’s preaching of the Abhidhamma (high teaching of the Buddha) for three months to his mother in the heavenly realm, King Devanampiyatissa of Sri Lanka sending envoys to King Asoka of India requesting him to send his daughter to Sri Lanka to establish the Bhikkhuni Sasana (Order of Nuns).

There are twelve or thirteen poya days per year. Their names correspond to the Buddhist lunar months of the same name. They are VesākPosonEsalaNikiniBinaraVapIllUnduvapDuruthuNavamMedin and Bak.

If a month has two full moon days, the name of the second one is preceded by Adhi (meaning extra in Sinhala) as in Adhi Vap poya, etc.

Origin:

Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese

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Veethi

The compound surrounding a hindu temple.

Origin:

Tamil

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Vel

The Adi Vel festival is one of the most important Hindu festivals hosted in Colombo.

Origin:

Tamil

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Vellakaran

White man

Origin:

Tamil

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Vesāk

Vesāk poya is the full moon day in the lunar month of Vesāk (in May). Vesāk is the beginning of the Buddhist calendar. It commemorates the triple anniversary of the birth of The Buddha, the attainment of ‘Supreme Enlightenment’ at the age of thirty five, and after a successful ministry of forty five years his Parinibbana (or death) also on a Vesāk poya day. It was also on a Vesāk poya day, in the eighth year of his enlightenment, that The Buddha made his third and final visit to Sri Lanka.

There are twelve or thirteen poya days per year. Their names correspond to the Buddhist lunar months of the same name. They are VesākPosonEsalaNikiniBinaraVapIllUnduvapDuruthuNavamMedin and Bak.

If a month has two full moon days, the name of the second one is preceded by Adhi (meaning extra in Sinhala) as in Adhi Vesāk poya, etc.

Origin:

Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese

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