Cultural Events in Sri Lanka – Colourful Multicultural Celebrations

A land of various ethnicities, traditions and religious beliefs, Sri Lanka has a wide range of cultural events each year that showcase the island’s rich heritage. If you are planning a holiday in Sri Lanka look to witness some of the events that are taking place during the course of your stay. One of the best ways to explore the country is by signing up for sightseeing tours and Sri Lanka Holiday Travel is one option worth considering. Featuring some of the best holiday travel Sri Lanka has to offer, this well known tour operator takes you to key locations around the island.

There is some kind of cultural event taking place almost every month in Sri Lanka. January is when Hindus celebrate Thai Pongal in honour of the Hindu Sun God. Part of the celebrations includes preparing a rice dish known as ‘Pongal’. April heralds the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and is a time of family reunions and get-togethers. Ceremonies and traditions take place according to auspicious times and there are a great many festivities and games held during this month. One of the most important cultural events in May is what is known as Vesak and is a time when Buddhist devotees remember the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Apart from visiting the temple, it is customary for people to create elaborate lanterns during this time. Not to be missed is a chance to witness the Esala Perahera in July or August in the hill capital Kandy. Here one can witness a truly spectacular procession featuring many elephants and dancers.

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