For Buddhists, the "Katina Cheewara Poojawa" is an eagerly awaited occasion as it can only be held once a year. The three-month period when monks are committed to the observance of religious practices maintaining a close relationship with the laity, preaching to them and getting them to observe meditative practices.
Customarily, the ‘Katina’ robe is sewn and offered in the month of November every year. This year also. "The Katina Cheewara Poojawa" was held in Vienna, Austria on the 18th Sunday, November 2018 at the Nyanaponika Dhamma Centre" in Vienna, Austria with the Sri Lankan and Austrian Community. Mrs Irosha Cooay, Charge' d' Affaires a.i. and the staff of the Embassy participated at the "Pirith Chanting Ceremony" which was held on the 17th Saturday, November 2018 at the Nyanaponika Dhamma Centre"
The staff of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Austria offered "Heel Dane" to the fourteen Sri Lankan Buddhist monks who came to Vienna from various countries, at the Embassy premises on the 18th November 2018.