Kandy Esala Perahera -A brightly lit religious affair

Kandy is one of the highly visited holiday destinations in Sri Lanka and you can see tourists out and about on most days of the year, but during the perahera season, literally, every Buddhist from all over Sri Lanka and the world come to Kandy, especially to the Dalada Maligawa.

Perahera

Perahera | Img. Courtesy: [Ashan96Perahera1CC BY-SA 4.0]

When does it happen?

The Esala full moon falls during the first week of July and the Perahera will begin on the last weekend of July and end ten days after. Getting in touch with a few local travel firms, for example, the Connaissance de Ceylan will help you plan your trip in perfection.

Beginning

The sole motive of this full moon festival is to get the blessings from the deities, for a good harvest in the year ahead. Carrying the tooth relic of Buddha, 10 days of ancient rituals, royally decorated elephants, drummers, and dancers create a breathtaking procession that begins on the streets of Kandy.

Destinations

The Esala Perahera includes five Peraheras; five processions from Kandy leave to the Dalada Maligawa, Natha, Lord Vishnu and Katharagama respectively. Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god, is considered to be the Guardian of Sri Lanka and the Hindu goddess of chastity, Pathini, gets the fourth and fifth Perahera, for being the goddess who blesses wars and victories.

 

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Sri Lankan Perahera and Culture – The Spectacular Esala Procession of Kandy

Kandy is an ancient and renowned city, with more than one UNESCO Heritage site featured within the city. The greatest celebration of Kandy’s immense historical heritage is the Esala procession, referred to as the Esala Perahera. The parade is so popular and widely celebrated that people from all over the island will flock to Kandy in order to witness the procession, and almost any luxury hotel, Sri Lanka has to offer such as the Anantara Kalutara Resort is sure to have packages to allow their visitors to experience this incredible experience.

The procession features the full spectrum of traditional Sri Lankan dances, encompassing fire-dances, whip dancers, colourful Kandyan dancers among much more. One of the hallmarks of the procession are the extravagantly decorated elephants that march along with the dancers.

The parade is held in tribute to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which is kept in the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, alternatively known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The tooth is believed to be the left canine of Lord Buddha himself, which was recovered from his funeral pyre by one of his disciples.

The entire event consists of five different processions each bearing a particular significance. On the sixth night, the relic casket, which acts as a replacement to the sacred tooth relic, is placed on an elephant referred to as the ceremonial tusker. The procession concludes with a ceremony known as the Diya Kepeema. This is a water-cutting ceremony which held at the Mahaweli River located a short distance away from the city of Kandy. Important points in the parade are signalled by the firing of canons.

The Esala Perahera is widely regarded as an unforgettable experience and one of the most significant cultural celebrations taking place in Sri Lanka, so be sure to experience it should you get a chance.

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Planning the perfect event in Sri Lanka – A place for any type of Event

Located just below the southernmost tip of India is the panoramic island of Sri Lanka. A tropical paradise like no other, Sri Lanka has been mesmerizing countless generations of people with her lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches, picturesque mountains and rich cultural heritage. With a whole variety of vastly different locales to choose from in such a small landmass, Sri Lanka is a place that can be used to accommodate a wide variety of events.

To hold any event, one would first require a venue and some sort of accommodation, which Sri Lanka has a lot for you to choose from. The most popular category of choice are Sri Lanka resorts since they are generally always located at a picturesque beach-front, while there are plenty of metropolitan options available as well. Citrus Leisure boasts a variety of hospitality options available in Sri Lanka, ranging from beach-side resorts to elegant institutions of luxury at the heart of the city.

Due to the romantic nature of the island’s scenery, Sri Lanka is an ideal place to hold a wedding or a honey-moon excursion. Sri Lanka has many experienced wedding planners available to ensure you get the magical experience that you deserve. The island would also be an ideal location to hold annual corporate vacations and important business meetings. The great outdoor environments of the island are sure to ease and calm people to ensure they can focus on the meeting itself, by ensuring they don’t get too preoccupied. There are also various adventure-organizations that provide to strengthen morale or simply have a good time away from the corporate place by participating in games such as football and tap rugby.
If you have an international event to organize and are looking for a destination, then the Island of Sri Lanka may just be the place for you.

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Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre

The Sri Lanka exhibition and convention center (SLCC) sits on the bank of the Beira lake in the heart of Colombo. Among the Exhibition and Convention Centers Sri Lanka the SLCC and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall are the predominantly used ones in the capital. Many trade fairs , concerts , exhibitions and conferences take place at SLCC. Many event management companies provide tota solutions to conducting these conferences. One such company that has managed to leave a mark is Nkar MICE. They have taken pride in managing conferences and exhibitions in the past and have organized many large scale events.

The SLECC has been strategically located in close proximity to most of the leading hotels in Colombo as well as Colombo’s financial districts. Regarded as the only custom built exhibition center in the country it can accommodate large number of people under one roof. A foreign investment project by Singapore it has mainly been designed to accommodate stall space for exhibitions. There are some trade shows and fairs that take place at the venue annually.

One of the other such venues in Colombo as mentioned above would be the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Located in Colombo seven the premises is well equipped to carry out conferences and exhibitions. There is also a convention and exhibition center in Hambantota named after the former president , Mahinda Rajapakse.

The SLCC’s location however is an advantage to it as mentioned above. The large number of hotels in the vicinity to allow visitors to find accommodation easily, especially when it hosts international trade fairs.

There are also other places of interest around the area such as the old parliament building , the Galle Face Green and the Colombo Light House. Also the Fort Railway station which is the primary station in Colombo is located just outside SLCC making getting to and out of it easy.

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Annual Golf Classic Tournament- October

Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic Tournament is a keenly anticipated major world golf tournament held each year that attracts amateur golfers from around the world. It is considered as one of the key sports events & festivals in Sri Lanka and is an excellent opportunity for golf lovers around the world to plan their Sri Lanka holiday travel itinerary to coincide with the annual event. The tournament gives opening to all the finest amateur golfers island-wide besides players from around the world to display their talents and be greatly rewarded. The event popularly known as the Sri Lankan Golf Classic has been held each October for the past 14 years.

The beautiful world renowned Victoria Golf and Country Resort situated off Kandy is the annual venue for this golf carnival. The awe inspiring beautifully landscaped Victoria golf course spread out over 520 acres is nestled in the midst of scenic hills of Digana bordering the ancient royal kingdom Kandy and known for its natural beauty with the panoramic view of the Knuckles mountain range and the picturesque Victoria Reservoir. It is also idyllic for golfing with the climatic conditions and the natural placement of the seamless course.

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Dream Beach Wedding in Sri Lanka; Romance under the sun

If you are looking for the perfect venue and the perfect way to start your life together, Sri Lanka has some of the most romantic places to make your dream a reality. Say “I do” in a paradise island surrounded by the swirling waves of the Indian Ocean and the feeling of the tropical warmth with all your loved ones is the best way to celebrate your precious day. If you are dreaming of a wedding on a beautiful secluded beach, Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa would be a perfect option among many other Sri Lanka Wedding Venues.

Whether you plan an intimate gathering or a large lavish banquet by the beach, every detail of your requirement will be fulfilled. All other related services to your wedding including beach location, accommodation, food & beverages, costumes, designs, photographers and honeymoon tours can be arranged according to your request. The best time to host a beach wedding in Sri Lanka would between October and March, when the weather is cooler. Depending on your choice a unique traditional Buddhist religious poruwa ceremony, a traditional Hindu wedding or even a fusion wedding which portrays a fine blend of ethnicity culture can be planned and prepared. Backdropped by the turquoise blue waters of the Indian ocean and the radiant golden sands of the coast, partying into the early hours, dancing underneath the stars is what a dream beach wedding in Sri Lanka is all about. It is sure to gift you precious memories of your precious day and also offer you the romantic setting for your honeymoon.

A dream is a wish come true in this paradise island. Experience the true flavours of Srilankan traditions and customs on your special day and make it a moment to cherish a lifetime.

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Sri Lankan pottery art – An art in itself

Dug out of the earth and perfectly moulded into wondrous shapes, the Sri Lankan artists quite aptly manipulate the soil and employ them for various uses. Many of these utensils can be easily seen at Sri Lankan Art Gallery. Be it pots, pans and huge cauldrons for kitchen use, beautiful vases to be filled with tropical flowers from the garden for the living room or little knickknacks to adorn your table tops, Sri Lankan pottery art has evolved to such an extent that never ceases to amaze. Pottery is a unique art in itself. It is a difficult task that requires quite a lot of patience, talent and skill and these artisans have got that in plenty. The way in which they nimbly fashion a mound of earth, the amount of love and care that goes into each of their creations is truly something to behold.

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Vesak in Sri Lanka – The most Magical Time of the Year

There is something magical about the month of May in Sri Lanka; the colourful lanterns adorning the streets, the throngs of people, the life, the ambience; all of this is part of the season of Vesak. The festival of Vesak is observed on the full moon that falls on the month of May and in Sri Lanka, celebrations go on for a week. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Despite being a festival of contemplation and rejuvenation, there is an aura of life and fun. Hundreds of locals from right round the island visit Colombo and Kandy to bask in this spectacular ambience. If you are a planning a holiday to Sri Lanka, choose the month of May, so that you too can be part of the celebration of Vesak.

Vesak is a Buddhist Festival and marks the day of Lord Buddha’s Birth and the Day of his enlightenment; both of which supposedly fell on the same day. The life of Buddha, who was enlightened into a life of simplicity after enjoying the luxury of being Prince Gautama, plays a significant role in Buddhism. The Festival of Vesak propagates Lord Buddha’s journey into enlightenment through a number of beautiful Pandols, locally known as Thoranas. These Pandols are colourfully lit and depict the story of Buddha through a series of pictures. Colourful Pandols gigantic in size adorns the corners of nearly every street in Colombo. The most common significance of the festival of Vesak is the enchanting lanterns. During the week of the Festival, nearly every building in Colombo is adorned on the outside by beautiful lanterns, giving the streets a magical charm. The talented Lantern creators display their creativity in competitions that draws in throngs of visitors.
Free food is offered in stalls called Dhansals as vesak is a time for charity and good deeds. It is also prohibited to sell meat and alcohol during the week.

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Honouring the Buddha – Vesak Festival in Sri Lanka

Vesak that commemorates Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and ‘parinirvana’ is one of the holiest days for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The day for the commemoration has been determined according to the Buddhist Calendar and falls on the first full moon day in May, the 6th lunar month. Vesak was the Pali and Sanskrit name given to the lunar month falling between April and May. The day itself is an Uposatha day which is dedicated to meditation and practicing the Buddha’s teachings.

Buddhists in Sri Lanka commemorate Vesak according to traditions laid down by hundreds of years of observing this holy day. Many Buddhists start the day by joining other worshipers at temples around the country for the first prayers. Offering flowers, lighting candles and joss sticks in front of a Buddha statue is usually the way Buddhists honour the Buddha. Some spend the whole day at the temple meditating and listening to sermons. Bars and abattoirs are closed some days ahead of Vesak in an effort to curtail alcohol and meat consumption among Buddhists. Distribution of food and clothing among the destitute and to inmates of charitable homes on Vesak day is thought to be a meritorious action by many Buddhists in the country.

As Vesak in Sri Lanka is commemorated according to local traditions the cultural aspect of it is as important as the religious one. Homes, public places even whole streets are decorated with Buddhist flags, bunting, coloured electric lights, paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes and oil lamps. The ‘torana’ which is an integral part of this Buddhist commemoration is found in towns throughout the country with pictorial depictions of Buddha’s many lives illuminated in imaginative ways and set to music.

Hundreds if not thousands of people queue up alongside these ‘toranas’ to view them and listen to devotional songs. Another cultural tradition is free food stalls by the roadside and in towns throughout and country offering everything from soft drinks to ice cream and complete traditional Sri Lankan meals. Another more recent phenomenon is groups of people singing devotional songs on public and even mobile stages. Vesak is also the time when a tide of people goes on pilgrimage to the holy cities of Anuradhapura and Kandy and to worship at other famous holy places.

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Vesak Festival – In Honour of Lord Buddha

Being a Buddhist country, Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to experience the Vesak Festival which is an important annual event for devotees. Those planning Sri Lanka travel excursions during this time can make use of Jetwing Travels which is a reputed name in the tour industry. They offer a variety of Sri Lanka tours that will take you around the country, which is a treat especially during Vesak.

This festival generally takes place on the full moon during a particular lunar month which usually falls in May. Honouring the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, Vesak is a festive occasion and ceremonies and celebrations last for around a week. A unique feature during this time is the setting up and display of a wide range of colourful lanterns as well as massive pandols that pictorially depict stories from the 550 Jataka Katha which are stories on the past life of Lord Buddha. Another custom during this time is the installation of various stalls around the streets, where free food and drinks are given as an act of reverence to this sacred day.

 

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