I’m in Sri Lanka, less than a month after the horrific Easter Sunday terrorist attack.
I was in Colombo, the capital, to see the Vesak (Buddha’s birthday) celebrations.
And, per what the locals tell me, Vesak this year was not the same. People are scared to congregate in large masses, and much of the dancing and street festivities were removed. Still, Buddhist flags were raised all across the country, lanterns and lights were strewn up, and people still went to temples to pray.
Tourism has sharply declined, affecting many local businesses, and down in the south in Galle, where tourists used to line the beaches and fill the restaurants, many places are either closed or nearly empty.
But life goes on and people persevere.
I’m glad I still decided to visit Sri Lanka. It’s been hot and I’ve been a sweaty mess, but I’ve met many lovely people and have learned more about this small island country.
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