SRI LANKA

Top festivals in Sri Lanka

Festivals in Sri Lanka give an incredible cultural trip for site visitors to Sri Lanka. So when you think about a day trip to this small island, I'm sure you will be struggled with these beautiful places. Almost each and every pageant is religious. Most are Buddhist fairs in Sri Lanka however there are additionally a few Hindu festivals.
They all come with grand celebrations such as parades, music, dance, meals and color. The sale of liquor has been banned in the course of the festive season and countless companies have been closed. But you nonetheless have resorts, and eating places open and you like to serve.
Usually Buddhists interact with their religious exercises on the days of the full moon Poya. Many religious Buddhists think about these to be spiritual days. Many devotees rejoice and offer their choices to the temples.

Zorhan Mokoele | TDO local expert from South Africa

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By Raveena Anjalee

In the true sense of the word I'm a travelling addicted person to satisfy my soul and escape from my dental student life. I was lucky enough to born in such a beautiful island, Sri Lanka. Travelling is the motivation of my life. Freedom is essential for a human being. So, I wish all the people who read this to take every possible efforts travel as much as possible. If you are really liking to visit my country, I'm ready to give any information that you need.

a Peradeniya based traveler

Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Although most of us have a good time the New Year in January, April marks the New Year in the lunar calendar for Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus. This is a tournament you need to truly ride and virtually each person in Sri Lanka will be celebrating 'Sinhala New Year' and 'Tamil Puthandu'. Festivals are held from April thirteen to 14 to mark harvest time and the beginning of the southwest monsoon.

Vesak Poya
Vesak Poya in Sri Lanka is a very essential excursion for the Buddhists which mark three vital milestones in the existence of the Buddha. These milestones consist of his birth, enlightenment, and reaching Nirvana. Vesak Poya celebrations are held all through the island and the most astonishing performances are held in Colombo and Kandy. Especially the Colombo Light Show.

It is popularly acknowledged as the Festival of Lights. Oil lamps are hung outdoor the homes to show the existence of the Supreme Buddha and uniquely adorned lamps and Vesak Kudus are displayed. Temples are superbly adorned with lights and colors.

Vesak Poya in Sri Lanka is a very essential excursion for the Buddhists which marks three vital milestones in the existence of the Buddha. These milestones consist of his birth, enlightenment, and reaching Nirvana. Vesak Poya celebrations are held all through the island and the most astonishing performances are held in Colombo and Kandy. Especially the Colombo Light Show.

It is popularly acknowledged as the Festival of Lights. Oil lamps are hung outdoor the homes to show the existence of the Supreme Buddha and uniquely adorned lamps and Vesak Kudus are displayed. Temples are superbly adorned with lights and colors.

Esala Perahera in Kandy
Go to Kandy for 10 days of the Tooth Relic Festival in July-August. Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and most stunning Buddhist events in Sri Lanka. For 5 days, devotees deliver choices to the temples to thank the 4 gods in charge: Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini. Then on the sixth the procession to the Temple of the Tooth.
This is one of the most fantastic processions you can see. The celebrations encompass normal and cultural factors of dance, acrobatics and firefighters. Moreover, these actors march in procession with lovely elephants decorated with jewels and first-rate cloth. All in all a party of the prosperous records of the city. People have fun at superb festivals. An elephant with an photo of the well-known Tooth Relic is taken to the temple with a massive gold necklace. This event concludes with a water reducing ceremony on the Mahaweli River in Kandy.

Poson Poya / Poson Festival in Sri Lanka
Poson Poya is the 2nd most essential Buddhist event in Sri Lanka after Vesak Poya. It commemorates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 0.33 century. Vesak Poya is founded round Anuradhapura, one of the first cities to convert to Buddhism. Anuradhapura is a fundamental pilgrimage vacation spot with hundreds of devotees travelling the non secular middle of Sri Lanka. Many humans climb the Mihintale Mountain. Mahinda preached Buddhism to a Sri Lankan king, and it was once vicinity that helped to enlarge its popularity.

Once again, this characteristic is viewed in Poya throughout the full moon Poya season in June. The lamps are on show and the pendulum is extraordinarily beautiful. People sit to hear to every other's stories, dance and play music. Dansals have been arranged and the provision of free meals suggests how the neighborhood transcends variations between people. If you come to Sri Lanka at some stage in this festival, be certain to attend the festivals.

Esala Festival in Kataragama
Kataragama Esala Festival is one of the most necessary Hindu events in Sri Lanka and is devoted to Skanda, the God of the Hindu community. Otherwise, Sri Lankans are recognized as the Goddess Kataragama. Devotees journey long distances to Kataragama in southern Sri Lanka. You will as soon as once more see stunning elephants, regional dancers the usage of kawadi (a stick embellished with colorful peacock feathers), acrobats and jaguars.

A unique characteristic of this event is that many human beings repent of their sins. Humans historically have interaction in self-mutilation, generally piercing the pores and skin on their face or again with hooks and skewers. They are then tied to carts and dragged throughout the street. Others burn wood, believing that their devotion will shield them from being burned at the stake.

Ninth Perahera
Two days in February, between 50 and a hundred elephants and about 5,000 actors roam the streets of Colombo. The live performance is historically dressed and entertains a giant wide variety of fascinated people. They begin from the Gangarama temple, one of the most famous temples in Colombo. Before returning, they go to the Viharamahadevi Park and the South Bera Lake. Dancers come from all over the country and people can experience standard Kandyan, Sabaragamuwa and regional dances. Like all Perahara, you will discover Rebels, Jaggers, Firefighters, Drummers and all types of artists and entertainers presented by Sri Lankans.

Millions of people come to experience this festival. Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus all come collectively for this exceptional event. They show that how the temple is a vicinity of worship for all, regardless of race, faith or caste. At the cease of the procession, the 'main ivory' elephant includes the sacred relics of the Buddha, glorifies them, places them in a field and brings them to the temple. It is really worth citing that you will actually be coming to Sri Lanka on the equal day to have fun the Ninth Perahera.

Nallur Festival
The wonderful and remarkable Nallur Festival in Jaffna which lasted for 25 days used to be pretty distinct from the celebrations held at the Esala Perahera in Kandy. The Kandaswamy Kovil is the middle of the competition the place heaps of devotees gather. The guys are dressed in white sarongs and the girls are carrying their nice saris which seriously change the temple complicated into a sea of bright colors. Throughout Nallur, a quantity of parades is held during the city, which includes Jugarnat floats, musicians and glittering thrones.

Maha Shivarathpuri
Maha Shivarathpuri is the most necessary event of the Shaivites, the majority of Hindus in Sri Lanka, commemorating Shiva's marriage to Parvati. The event consists of island-wide prayers and supper and night time events round homes and temples. At the establishing of every day, the worshipers take a purification bath, after which they take pots of water to their temple, bathe the Shiva idols in milk and honey, cowl them with purple worms, and characterize the purification of the soul. Devotees quickly at some point of the day all through Maha Shivarathri. Meditation rituals are additionally a vital phase of the event and some temples in Colombo, such as Sri Kailashwara, have fun with track and dance.

Kataragama Festival
This is held in Kataragama, a southern town of non-secular value on Sri Lanka, a sacred area in the island. Although the Kataragama version, which is celebrated like the Esala Perahera in Kandy, is not so nicely known, it nonetheless exists in the equal elegant and colorful scale.

Although the Kataragama festival is celebrated often with the aid of Hindus in July or August, agencies such as the primary religions of Sri Lanka, such as Muslims and Vedas, additionally participate. Devotees operate rituals such as self-transcendence to fulfill their vows and get hold of divine instruction from the god Kataragama. As the event begins, locals and traffic can revel in the strength and vibrancy of elephant parades, musicians, dancers, firefighters and juggernauts and acrobats.

Thai Pongal
Thai Pongal has been celebrated for over a thousand years and is a cherished Tamil holiday. It starts on the first day of the common Tamil calendar in Thai and normally falls in mid-January. This special event focuses on honoring the solar god 'Suriya' and also the cows who play a valuable role in getting a desirable harvest. Traditionally the event in India lasts for 4 days however Sri Lankan this special events are restrained to two days. On the first day of Thai Pongal, households enhance their properties with colorful Kolam patterns made from banana leaves and rice flour and share with the locals the milk boiled rice with spices, nuts and raisins. On the 2nd day, the farmers are honored with the aid of bathing the cows that assist them with their paddy fields; portray them with colorful dyes and giving them stunning garlands putting round their necks and horns.

Deepavali
The Lantern Festival is one of the most essential events in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated via the Tamil neighborhood in Sri Lanka. Deepavali is an identity given to South India and is additionally recognized as Deepavali in the North and different components of the world. This event celebrates the defeat of Ravana via Lord Rama. On festive occasions, heaps of oil lamps outdoor residences and temples characterize victory and invite the advantages of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Traditionally, people wear new clothes and share gifts, whilst different festivities encompass eye-catching fireworks displays, homemade sweets and visit to nearby shrines and temples.


In the true sense of the word Sri Lankan various types of festivals will give you an amazing experience. It may add a new memories and captures to your photo collection. So don't think twice to come to visit Sri Lanka during festivals. You will be amazed for sure.