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A Buddhist Festival You Shouldn’t Miss in Sri Lanka: Kandy Esala Perahera

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If you’re visiting Sri Lanka during July – August, you must never miss the opportunity to witness this prestigious and sacred Buddhist ceremony, “Kandy Esala Perahera.”

This is known as a merging of Esala perahera and Dalada perahera, which were done imploring gods to make rainfalls for the country and worshiping the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha in the temple of the tooth (Dalada Maligawa) respectively.

05 August 2019 Kandy,Sri lanka:Sri lanka people and tourist in Kandy Esala Perahera or festival of the tooth that use many dancers and elephants in parade around the city in august,Kandy,Sri lanka

Perahera’s amazing moments take place beside a series of traditions and rituals that take place one after another nearby.

Cultural events unique to Sri Lankan Buddhist culture.

Procession frontline is the whip-crackers who announces the Perahera is nearby with the cracking sound of the whip, which will travel miles and miles.

These are nearly accompanied by fireball acrobats who will clear the way and simultaneously perform striking moves with fireballs.

Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 12, 2005: torchbearer and fire eater perform their art at the festival Pera Hera in Candy to celebrate the tooth of Buddha.
Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 10, 2005: artists with firework are participating in the festival Pera Hera in Candy to celebrate the tooth of Buddha, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Then a few lines of Buddhist flag-bearers walk expressing the message Buddhist cultural event.

KANDY, SRI LANKA – AUG 11, 2005: people with flags of all parts of Sri Lanka take place at the night procession of the Pera Hera in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Then onwards, there are many astonishing, and colorful segments proceed.

Traditional dancers and drummers are the icons of Sri Lankan dance legacy. While drummers playing sonorous beats, dancers twirl and leap magnificently.

Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 15, 2016: The Kandy Esala procession that held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha
Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 15, 2016: The Kandy Esala procession that held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha

The arrival of the elephants of the procession, Front Official, Maligawa Tusker, and other elephants with the embellished and illuminated grand attire enchants the scene.

Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 11, 2005: elephants participate the festival Pera Hera in Candy to celebrate the tooth of Buddha , Kandy, Sri Lanka

Maligawa tusker steps on Pavada with great pride and majestic steps carrying the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha inside the golden casket “Ran Karaduwa” covered with the “Ransivige” which shields with baldachins.

05 August 2019 Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddha tooth relic on elephant back in Kandy Esala Perahera or festival of the tooth that use many dancers and elephants in a parade around the city, Kandy, Sri Lanka
05 August 2019 Kandy, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka people and tourist in Kandy Esala Perahera or festival of the tooth that use many dancers and elephants in a parade around the city in august, Kandy, Sri Lanka

A thrilling event in Kandy Perahera is the “Wewal dance” where a group of people move in circular motion systematically one after the other in two rows grasping a cane by each (mostly from a plant of Calamus genus) and a person holding all those canes and facilitate their motion.

Kandy, Sri Lanka – August 27, 2015: Esala Perahera: the buddhist festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2015.

Also, there are many other traditional dances and events that represent the cultural inheritance of Sri Lankan regions.

A performer at the Esala Perahara theatre show in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The Esala Perahera runs every year in late July or early August for ten days, ending on the Nikini poya (full moon) and is held to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha (which is enshrined within the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) and is considered one of the most colorful processions in the world.

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