The 151st birth anniversary celebrations of Ven. Anagarika Dhammapala was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Pannipitiya Dharmapala Vidyalaya this morning and President appealed all Sri Lankans to follow the teachings brought forward by Ven. Dhammapala Thera.

President also reminds and explains the mental state of Ven. Thera when the Sri Lankans were neglecting the values he was trying to teach them. Over 5000 students of the school and teachers were witnessed the event.

The government has also made the arrangements to hold Dharmapala Week under the theme – “Let us create a generation which is dedicated to protect the country, language, ethnicity and the Buddhasasana.” The week begins today and runs until September 20 and a number of programs have been arranged at schools at religious places countrywide during the week.

The Education Ministry also joins in, with many programs at national and provincial level. While, programs on Ven. Dhammapala will be held tomorrow at district and divisional secretarial levels, the national program on Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala’s 151st birth anniversary will be held at the Mahabodhi Agrashrawaka Viharaya on September 17 at 10.00am and the main ceremony to mark Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala Anniversary will be held at the BMICH in the evening on the same day.