The President said he had made this proposal at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting and intends to notify all parties and trade unions regarding this decision in the near future.
He noted that as the Vesak day falls on the same day it would hamper the Buddhist celebrations and programmes and therefore this decision was taken to delay the Labour Day celebrations by a week based on a request made by the Chief Prelates to the President and Prime Minister.
The President said he had previous experience when the Labour Day and Vesak had fallen on the same day in 1960. Therefore he had taken into consideration the request made by the Mahanayaka’s and arrived at this decision.
The President said this participating in a ceremony at the Colombo Bandaranayake Memorial Conference Hall yesterday during the ceremony marking the appointment of Most Ven. Gangtune Assagi Maha Nayaka Thera.s appointment as the President of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha.