The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts issued a stamp with denomination of Rs. 5.00 and Rs. 12.00 on 6th May 2012 to mark the 2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanti Vesak Festival.
Vesak day, on which Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana took place, is the greatest of all, not only to the Buddhist in Sri Lanka but to the entire Buddhist folk the world over which they celebrate in a grand scale.
This vesak day is very significant since it marks the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanti, the 2600th year since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
The Lord Buddha was an embodiment of innumerable virtues such as being enlightened, knowledgeable, having an immaculate conduct and not committing any vice even in secret.
the Lord Buddha preached the pristine Dhamma for forty five long years with a view to directing the living beings towards Nibbana (Enlightenment) with his compassion to everybody which was unfathomable. Those beings that listen to and understood that Dhamma reached enlightenment and Sopaka, dangerous rogues of the ilk of Angulimala, Kings Thera and women of Patachara and Kisagothamee fame found enlightenment upon listening to the Dhamma and going through the eight fold path.