Oregon Buddhist Temple in Portland, USA celebrated the Vesak Festival on 3 May with the participation of Sri Lankan Buddhists living in Portland. A Sil campaign and a Kiripidu Pooja were led by the Chief Incumbent of the Temple Ven. Pallebage Chandrasiri Thera. A Dhamma discussion was led by Ven. Aparekke Punnasiri Thera of Maithri Vihara in California.
A kid's perahera consisting of drummers, torch bearers and dancers added colour to the celebrations. A large Vesak Lantern which was lighted in the evening was the centre of attraction of the devotees and passersby. The event was concluded after a Bhakthi Gee presentation and a Dansal. (Priyadarshani Obeysekera)