Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Vesak festival today.
It marks the three important events in the life of Gauthama Buddha.
On account of Vesak, 432 minor offenders have been released from prison.
An exposition of sacred relics will take place at Temple Trees tonight.
Also, a stamp depicting Devagiri Rajamaha Vihara, where the state Vesak festival is taking place, has been issued.
Issuing a Vesak message, president Maithripala Sirisena says Dhamma or the teachings of Buddha is a purifying factor for the human mind propelled by lust, hate and violence.
The pious festival of Vesak reminds us the virtues of practising four focuses of mindfulness in order to dwell with Dhamma as no other refuge, he says.
In his Vesak message, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says this is a time for reflection and appreciation of our humanity, and to lead a life full of equality, fraternity, respect and understanding.
The unity Government is determined to make the prospects of a harmonious society a reality through the protection of democratic rights of people, he adds.