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Kandy Perahera 2017

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - August 7 @ 11:00 pm

| $80

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.

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Details

Start:
July 29 @ 6:00 pm
End:
August 7 @ 11:00 pm
Cost:
$80
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http://paradisetourslanka.com/

Organizer

Organizer:
Paradise in Asia, Bingiriya, Sri Lanka
Phone:
+94 (0) 322 246 675 /+94 (0) 778 859 055
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Website:
http://paradisetourslanka.com

Venue

Kandy
Kandy, Sri Lanka, Kandy, Central Sri Lanka
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