Katina Celebration at Sri Sambuddha Vihara in Liverpool, 2017
Annual Katina ceremony of Liverpool Sri Sambuddha viharaya was held with the participation of Most Venerable.Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero and other monks from various temples in United Kingdom along with a huge gathering of devotees on Sunday the 08th October 2017 mainly sponsored by Mr. Anura Arachchige and Mr. Priyankara Gunawardhana and their families at Prescot Town Hall.
The ceremony was gracefully organized under the guidance of Most Ven.Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka thero,The head monk of both Jethavana Buddhist vihara in Birmingham and Sri Sambuddha Viharaya in Liverpool and also the chief Sanganayaka in Great Britain for Sri Lanka Ramanna maha Nikaya.Venerable monks were present from Sri lanka and various temples in United Kingdom at the ceremony.
Venerable other monks who participated at the ceremony were Ven.Mapalagama Soratha thero and Ven. Alpitiye Chullanaga Thero from Jethavana Buddhist Vihara in Birmingham, The deputy incumbent, Ven. Kantale Wijithawansa Thero from Thames Buddhist Vihara in London, Ven.Teldeniyaye Amitha thero,The head monk of Shanti vihara in Nottingham ,Ven.Pelwatte Dhammananda thero and Ven. Kuruduwatte Pannasiri Thero from Buddhist Vihara in Bristol and Ven.Thissapura Sugatharathana thero from Sri Sambuddha Viharaya in Liverpool.
Ceremony was started with the Buddha Puja conducted by Ven.Pelwatte Dhammananada thero and dana offering was conducted by Chief incumbent most Ven.Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka thero.After Dana,devotees were served with refreshment before starting Katina procession.The Katina procession reminded all participants the beauty and the religious atmosphere of a typical Katina ceremony in a Buddhist village.The offering of Katina robe to maha sangha was conducted by chief incumbent Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka thero.Thereafter,Two dhamma sermons were delivered in English by Ven. Theldeniyaye Amitha thero and in Sinhala by Ven. Kantale Wijithawansa thero explaining the importance of offering a Katina robe. Punyanumodana was conducted by Ven.Thissapura Sugatharathana thero and vote of thanks made by Mr. Anura Arachchige and then devotees were served with Lunch Dana. All devotees and well wishers also joined together in sonsoring the Katina ceremony.