From ancient times, Esala Poya Day, that appears between July and August, has been a full moon day for much celebration for the Buddhists. They commemorate the conception, renunciation and first sermon of Buddha on this day. As a mainly Buddhist country, Esala is celebrated with Peraheras in temples all around Sri Lanka. Pereheras are a cross between parades and circuses, but with a traditional twist.
The month-long celebrations of the Kandy Esala Perahera, in specific, has special cultural significance to Buddhists as the oldest Buddhist Festival still in occurrence. This perehera is done by the Holy Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which holds the tooth relic of Buddha. The main parade of the Perahera features between three to five decorated elephants, and numerous Kandyan dancers, Kandyan drummers, Kandyan bands, fire dancers, sword dancers, knife spinners, stilt walkers, and other acts as part of the parade. It’s a unique festival that attracts people from around the world in droves.
We believe, that you too would enjoy the amazing sights that the Kandy Esala Perahera brings and have created a tour especially to view it when it occurs between July and August. While there are interesting celebrations every night during this month’s period, the Esala Poya Day celebration is the biggest. Our tour guides guarantee you the best views seen from the clearest spots. Listen to jingling footsteps of the glittering decorated elephants that head the parade with the enshrined Tooth Relic of Buddha. Watch the Kandyan dancers whirling as they dance in the golden glow of lit torches planted along the parade route. Watch the rows of drummers and other traditional musical instrument players show off their skills. Feast your eyes on the blurring lines of fire from fire dancers and the dangerous glittering metallic arcs formed by the sword dancers. Many more wonderful sights await you in each Kandy Esala Perahera every year.
So book your tour for the upcoming Esala Perahera right away to see all these marvels! Let us keep you informed of the celebrations of interest during the entire Perahera, so that you can arrange your stay in Sri Lanka accordingly.All dates mentioned are tentative