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July 29 (Saturday) 6:00 pm - August 8 (Tuesday) 11:59 pm
Hosted by the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth), Esala Perahera which continues for ten days, with the participation of the four Hindu dewale, is a spectacular display of Sinhala-Buddhist culture
Hosted by the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth), Esala Perahera which continues for ten days, with the participation of the four Hindu dewale, is a spectacular display of Sinhala-Buddhist culture that has prevailed for millennia in Sri Lanka and is reckoned as one of the most breathtaking pageants in the Asian region!
During the perahera season, Kandy becomes crowded with the influx of masses gathering from all over the country to witness the procession that radiantly lights up the town which assumes a festive ambience.
Celebrated to commemorate Lord Buddha’s first sermon after enlightenment, honor the sacred tooth relic and beseech blessings of the guardian gods that are believed to safeguard the island, Esala Perahera is amongst the most opulently and lavishly organized Buddhist cultural events in the country.
Complete with traditional Sri Lankan dancers, fire-dancers, percussionists, various other performers and elephants dressed in intricately detailed costumes, the procession is an amalgamation of overflowing sound and color. However, the focal point of the parade is the majestically adorned tusker carrying the sacred tooth relic through the streets of Kandy.
Held as an annual ceremony between the months of July and August, it is a must-see pageant for any traveller exploring the cultural beauty and heritage of the island-nation.
Temple of the Tooth