The world is ultra-colourful for some diverse reasons. Among thousands of such reasons which include languages, natural landscapes, food cuisines, people and wildlife, Culture is one main important aspect. You visit countries, and sometimes you absorb the cultures in that country even without the knowledge which is, of course, a wonderful feeling.
When it comes to visiting Sri Lanka, it’s all about exploring vibrant cultures and traditions, and that’s in addition to the wonderful scenic beauty that it beholds. This island paradise is a multi-cultural and a multi-religious country which makes it unique with their rituals, beliefs, and festivals. Kandy Dalada Perahera, which is also known as the Esala Maha Perahera is one of the richest and the most vibrant processions on the planet, which is held annually in the sacred city of Kandy, which is located in the Central Province of the country-amidst hills and greenery shades.
Visit Sri Lanka to witness this great festival, and you’ll be forever glad you did it. If your decision is still pending, let us give you some information that we think would help you out
It’s a vibrant procession with a long history
Simply put, this is a procession with a very long history. The festival was first a celebration of the Gods, and then followed by the incident of bringing the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, the festival was dedicated to pay respect and honour to the sacred Relic. At the procession, the sacred Tooth Relic is carried through the streets in a casket on the back of a magnificent tusker elephant- which can be considered the most majestic part of the Perahera.
It’s a traditional festival that lasts for 10 days, and both day and night processions are held serving various purposes. In addition to paying due respect to the Tooth Relic, the procession also honours the Gods of Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Paththini, through various rituals and devotions.
It’s culturally amazing with countless colourful features
No other procession in the country is as colourful and bright as the Kandy Dalada Perahera. Elephants cloaked in sheets of glamorous garments and bright lights will be a common sight to witness at this perahera, and you will also be surprised to see how these elephants dance lightly to the tunes made by the traditional drummers- which is quite impressive. In addition to the acrobats and jugglers there are also dancers and drummers from various parts of the country, representing various cultural backgrounds-adding a different majesty to the whole of the procession.
Not to forget about the fire-eaters who actually do some magic during the Perahera, that the audience cannot help it, but getting astonished by what they see in front of their eyes.
It’s an annual event- which gets grander year by year
This colourful celebration comes to life during the months of July or August every year and that is in line with the Esala Full Moon Poya day. Thus make sure you schedule your Lankan tour with Globeenjoy during these time periods, so that you get to experience the best of this Pearl of the Indian Ocean delighting all your senses.
*In Kandy, Sri Lanka it’s not just the Kandy Dalada Perahera that exists for you to explore and enjoy. There are many more interesting experiences that you can have during your Kandy tour with Globeenjoy tours. The Ceylon Tea Museum, Udawattekele Sanctuary, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Pallekele Cricket Stadium are some of the most demanded attractions you find in Kandy and they all are worth a visit- even a quick one.
Let Globeenjoy arrange your Kandy tour packages for you when you arrive in Sri Lanka to witness the Kandy Dalada Perehara. Why just stick to one experience, when you have been granted the opportunity to explore more- by the best tour agents that you could ever ask for?