The most Significant annual cultural pageant in Sri Lanka 2019
Esala perahara Festival (Kandy Perahera or Dalada Perahera Pageant)
The Dalada Perahera,- the procession to honor the sacred tooth relic, was held in Sri Lanka for the first time in the Anuradhapura period. It was started In Kandy in 1748 during the reign of Keerthi Sri Rajasinha.
The present Perehera has consisted of the Dalada Maligawa Perahera –Temple of the Sacred Tooth relic and other associated 4 Dewala Peraharas.
The Dalada Perahera is held during the month of Esala (July/ August) In ancient history, Esala festival was originated as a ritual of worshiping rain god Parjanya. The perahera parades 10 days in and around the respective temples and on the streets of the city in the night. The last two days; the grandeur of the festival with around 80 caparisoned elephants, thousands of drummers and dancers, traditional torchbearers, flag bearers and temple officials with the chieftains of Sacred Tooth Relic temple and four Devalas with their traditional costumes are presented to the thousands of people,who gather along the streets to witness it. The Perahera casket is placed on the back of the chief elephant in the temple. This is regarded as a unique pageant in the whole Asia which depicts a cross-section of traditions, arts and crafts and also the enthusiasm of Sri Lankans to pay homage to the Tooth Relic. The Perahera last day ends with the day Perahera after ‘water cutting’ ceremony. Facilities are made for the tourists to witness the Perahera without any difficulty.
Travelers who visit Sri Lanka in August would lucky to have this annual experience.
The Sri Dalada Esala Perahera Annual pageant is here again in 2019 August
|Date||Name of the Perahera (Event)|
|1st Aug 2019||Ceremony of planting ‘Kap’ (auspicious post)|
|5th Aug 2019||1st Kumbal Perahera (Procession Starts)|
|6th Aug 2019||2nd Kumbal Perahera|
|7th Aug 2019||3rd Kumbal Perahera|
|8th Aug 2019||4th Kumbal Perahera|
|9th Aug 2019||5th Kumbal Perahera|
|10th Aug 2019||1st Randoli Perahera|
|11th Aug 2019||2nd Randoli Perahera|
|12th Aug 2019||3rd Randoli Perahera|
|13th Aug 2019||4th Randoli Perahera|
|14th Aug 2019||Final Randoli Perahera|
|15th Aug 2019||Day Perahera with Water cutting ceremony|