Kandy Esala Perahera 2018

Kandy Esala Perahara 2017 festive season is over. We appreciate your interest about the Kandy Esala Perehara Parade. Plans are underway to ensure this special event takes place in 2018.  “Sri Dalada Maligawa” has not yet finalized the precise dates for this event. Till then please get in touch with us!

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.