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Kandy Esala Perahera 2018: 17th – 27th August 2018

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout. The Sinhalese term ‘Perahera’ means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.

After the Kandyan Kingdom fell to the British in 1815, the custody of the Tooth Relic was handed over to the Buddhist Clergy. In the absence of the King, a lay custodian called the Diyawadana Nilame was appointed to handle routine administrative matters. The purpose of the Kandy Esala Perahera Procession is to beseech blessings of the gods to obtain rain for the cultivation of crops and to enrich the lands of the kingdom.

This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the streets of the Kandy city which is done with exceptional panache. This is considered as one of the most beautiful pageants in the Asia.

Tentative dates of the
Kandy Esala Perahera 2018:  17th – 27th August 2018

Date
2018-08-17
2018-08-18
2018-08-19
2018-08-20
2018-08-21
2018-08-22
2018-08-23
2018-08-24
2018-08-25
2018-08-26
Event
1st Kumbal Perahera
2nd Kumbal Perahera
3rd Kumbal Perahera
4th Kumbal Perahera
5th Kumbal Perahera
1st Randoli Perahera
2nd Randoli Perahera
3rd Randoli Perahera
4th Randoli Perahera
5th Randoli Perahera
Kandy, Sri Lanka
1 day
25
$30.00
$15.00

Kandy Esala Perahera

$30.00
per adult

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