Event or Festival  Day/Month  Location
Nillamba Meditation Center Throught the Year Nillamba, Kandy
 Duruthu Perahera  January [ Poya day]  Kelaniya Temple, Colombo
 Galle Literary Festival  January/February  Galle
 Elephant Polo Tournament  February  Galle
 Navam Perahera  February [ Poya day]  Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo
 National Day  February 4th  Central Colombo, Colombo
 Medin  March [ Poya day]  Sri Lanka
Tea Festival April Nuwara Eliya
 Sinhala & Tamil New Year Festival  April  Sri Lanka
 Bak  April [ Poya day]  Sri Lanka
 May Day  May 1st  Colombo
 Vesak Festival  May  Sri Lanka
 Walk the World  June  Colombo
 Poson Festival  June  Ambasthale Dagoba, Mihintale
 Esala Festival  July  Kataragama Shrine, Kataragama
 Mayurapathy Chariot Festival  July  Sri Paththirakaali Amman Temple, Colombo
 Hikkaduwa Beach Festival  July/August  Hikkaduwa
 Vel Festival  August  Colombo
 Kandy Perahera  August  Kandy
 National Festival of Kites  September  Mount Lavinia Beach, Lavinia
 Navarathri Festival  September/October  Sri Lanka
 Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic  October  Victoria Golf Club, Kandy
 World Spice Festival  November  Colombo
 Deepavali (Diwali)  November  Sri Lanka
 Adam's Peak Festival  December to April  Adam's Peak
 Ulpotha: Retreat to the Extreme  N/A  Ulpotha
Festival of our Lady of Madhu July / August / Oct. August 15th festival draws a million people
 Vipassana Meditation Centre  N/A  Vipassana Meditation Centre, Kandy

Tourist Events Sri Lanka August. Kandy Esela Perahera, ticket are available at Lespri Grand & Club Lespri. Email

Date :  17th to 27th August 2018

The Esela Procession of Kandy is the ostentatious pageant of the Asia held annually to respect the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha which is honourably housed at the palace of Kandy called DaladaMaligawa. Representing a unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. Elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments to honour the procession. Traditional event designers have properly synchronised the colours used for the procession with lighting to create more elegant and contrasted scene all over the procession.

Justifiably the most celebrated religious and cultural pageant in South Asia, the Kandy EsalaPerahera rings the goriest history of ancient Sri Lanka alive before your eyes. No other pageant anywhere else in Asia embodies so many historical cultural, political, spiritual and emotional elements of the nation. Beautifully caparisoned elephants, whip crackers and flame throwers, traditional dancers and drummers are some of the participants that threads through the old torch / lit streets in this truly exotic experience which has changed little over the centuries.

The Kandy EsalaPerahera begins with the KapSituveema, with a sanctified young Jackfruit tree (Artocarpusintegrifolia) is cut and planted in the premises of each of the four Devales (Shrines of Gods) dedicated to the four guardian gods Natha, Vishnu, Katharagama and the goddess Pattini. Traditionally it was meant to shower blessing on the King and the people. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.

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