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Kandy Esala Poya Perahera

Pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Kandy Esala Perahera is an annual religious and cultural extravaganza in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is an enchanting cultural spectacle deeply rooted in tradition, history, and spirituality, rendering it one of Sri Lanka’s most enthralling festivals.

Annually, this Festival of Lights spans over ten nights, each pulsating with energy. It entices throngs of devotees and globetrotters alike, drawing them to the dazzling pageantry and rich cultural celebrations that pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

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This festival comes alive on the night of Esala Full Moon Poya, which typically falls in the month of July or August.

The procession is a mesmerizing spectacle, featuring elaborately adorned elephants, graceful dancers, talented musicians, and a myriad of traditional performers bedecked in resplendent costumes. They traverse the picturesque streets of Kandy, painting a vivid tapestry of Sri Lanka’s rich culture and heritage.

The pinnacle of this festival is the revered relic casket, carried through the city atop a majestic elephant. Inside is believed to rest the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. People from around the globe gather in Kandy to partake in this awe-inspiring display of lights, sounds, and vibrant colors, making it an unforgettable experience.

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