Buddha don’t like killing, no matter what the reason’s for.
Well, for a couple days anyway. In honor of Vesak (Buddha’s birthday), the government of Sri Lanka decreed that no animals could be slaughtered, and no meat could be served. The extra-big deal this year was that meat was banned in tourist hotels, not just locals’ shops and restaurants.
Here’s some pictures of the festivities, none of which feature the crazy-awesome vegan food that I’m sure was in abundance. But I’ll take that as an excuse to trot out this years-old New York Times article about Sri Lankan food that still makes my mouth water.