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Lotus Asian Voices - No. 4 April 2014


This month’s program explore the celebration of the New Year in Asian Buddhist countries in April and we look at the relationship between Buddhist culture and astrology. We talk to Sri Lankan Buddhist scholars Prof Galmangoda D Sumanapala and Prof  Chandima Wijeybandara. We also have a special feature on the traditions behind the celebrations of the Sinhalese New Year from Saru Community Radio in Sri Lanka and Tharuka Prematileka a communications researcher living in Singapore talks about her childhood memories of the New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka. We also hear from Witraporn Pimpla and Kanya Phattrawart from the Knowing Buddha organization about how the Thais celebrate the New Year known as Songram and from Cambodians Sen Sith, a young Buddhist  and Buddhist monk Venerable Sok Rem of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap about the celebration of Chaul Chnam Thmey or Maha Songram in Cambodia.

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