Looking forward to Esala Perahera in Kandy 2018
15th Aug 2017
As this year’s dazzling Esala Perahera season draws to an end, we look forward to sharing the amazing experience of Kandy Esala Perahera 2018 with our lucky travellers!
This year’s Esala Perahera in Kandy, like every year, has yet again failed to disappoint. The jugglers, performers, fire-breathers and extravagantly decorated elephants were out in full festive force as crowds gathered to celebrate and honour the tooth relic and the four gods; Vishnu, Pattini, Natha and Kataragama.
What is the Esala Perahera in Kandy?
‘Esala’ refers to the month of the year (either July or August depending on the year) in which Buddha delivered his first teachings after attaining enlighten. ‘Perahera’ is the word which describes an important religious festival in Sinhalese.
The grand procession that takes place in Kandy is considered one of the most prominent and opulent in the whole of Asia, the purpose of which being to seek blessings from the gods for good rainfall and healthy crops.
The revered tooth relic of Buddha is carried through the streets of Kandy with extraordinary flamboyance and fanfare as dancers, performers, fire-breathers and lavishly decorated elephants partake in the procession.
If you’re in Sri Lanka during the Kandy Esala Perahera season we would recommend going and soaking up the amazing atmosphere of the event. We specialise in arranging customised tours to Sri Lanka, so if you’re interested in attending the 2018 Esala Perahera in Kandy, please get in touch.