Sri Lanka imposes liquor, meat ban for Buddhist festival

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday banned the sale of meat and liquor and ordered casinos to close on the Buddha’s birthday in a move to appease the island’s religious majority.
The restrictions, which come just days after the government shifted May Day celebrations in a sop to Buddhist monks, will extend to tourist hotels for the two-day Vesak festival starting Sunday.

“Meat and liquor sales at supermarkets and hotels will be banned during this period,” the government said in a statement.

Casinos will be closed and gambling elsewhere also prohibited, the government said.

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