Vesak is celebrated as a religious and a cultural festival in Sri Lanka on the full moon of the month of May, for a duration of one week. Celebrations include various religious and alms giving activities. Vesak also commemorate the Buddha Jayanthi (2006 Vesak commemorated the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi). Electrically lit pandols called toranas are erected in various locations in Colombo and elsewhere, most sponsored by donors, religious societies and welfare groups. Each pandol illustrates a story from the 550 Jathaka Katha or the 550 Past Life Stories of the Buddha. In addition, colourful lanterns called Vesak koodu are hung along streets and in front of homes. They signify the light of the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha. Food stalls set up by Buddhist devotees called dansÃ¤las provide free food and drinks to passersby. Colombo experiences a massive influx of public from all parts of the country during this week.