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Duruthu Perahera – January

In Sri Lanka Peraheras are a regular event. Every month there is a perahera somewhere in the island. The Duruthu Pererahera in Kelaniya, which just concluded is the first…

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Duruthu Perahera – January

In Sri Lanka Peraheras are a regular event. Every month there is a perahera somewhere in the island. The Duruthu Pererahera in Kelaniya, which just concluded is the first perahera in the year.

Many believe that this perahera marks the Buddha’s visit to Kelaniya on a Duruthu Full Moon Day. This month which is known as January in English is the 10th month in the Sinhala calendar. The Buddha did visit Lanka on a Duruthu Full Moon Day, but it was not to Kelaniya. He came to Mahiyangana in Uva, in the Badulla district. He came to bring peace to two Yakkha tribes who were at war.

The Buddha did visit Kelaniya. It was on the Vesak Full Moon Day in the eighth year after his Enlightenment. It was his third visit, the second was to Nagadeepa, three years earlier.

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Independence Day – February

Prior to the year 1972, Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. For more than a century Sri Lanka was a British crown colony but on 4 February, 1948 the…

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Independence Day – February

Prior to the year 1972, Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. For more than a century Sri Lanka was a British crown colony but on 4 February, 1948 the country achieved its independence to officially become the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Don Stephen Senanayake became Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister.

The independence day of Sri Lanka is a great national occasion celebrated with parades and pageants combined with the spirit of patriotism and national pride. The celebrations begin with the hoisting of the national flag and singing the national anthem, followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony. Subsequently there are various cultural programs as well as serving of refreshments.

This national day holds much significance for the people of Sri Lanka as it reflects the history of great sacrifices made by many Sri Lankans in the Attainment of its freedom.
It is the day to pay tribute to the armed forces that played a major role in the country’s freedom struggle.

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Maha Shivratri Festival – March

Maha Shivratri is the grand night dedicated to worship Lord Shiva. There are different reasons why Lord Shiva is revered and adored by Hindus, and especially those who devote…

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Maha Shivratri Festival – March

Maha Shivratri is the grand night dedicated to worship Lord Shiva. There are different reasons why Lord Shiva is revered and adored by Hindus, and especially those who devote their lives to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva on this night is worshipped with gratitude due to the following story. During the Samudra Manthan, a period of fights between gods and demons, it happened that a toxic poison came out from the ocean, and everyone was scared of this.

Lord Vishnu advised all gods to seek protection from Lord Shiva. Shiva out of compassion drank the poison and kept it in his throat with a snake tied to it. Wise men advised the gods to keep Lord Shiva awake during the night to avoid the poison harming him, so to keep Shiva awake there dances and music played by the gods. Shiva was so happy with the devotion that promised that whoever contemplated him on this day would also be blessed as the gods were on that day.

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Sinhala Tamil New Year – april

Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by…

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Sinhala Tamil New Year – april

Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by not only the Sinhalese people but by most Sri Lankans. The timing of the Sinhala New Year coincides with the new year celebrations of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festival has close semblance to the Tamil New year, Thai New year, Bengali New Year, Cambodian New Year, Lao New Year, Thingyan in Myanmar and Oriya New Year festival in India.[1] It is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. It is generally celebrated on 13 or 14 April.

According to Sinhalese astrology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Aries) to Mesha Rashiya. It also marks the end of the harvest and spring.

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Vesak Festival – May

Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka. During this time, people celebrate the triple anniversary of Lord Buddha – his birth, his attaining of Enlightenment and…

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Vesak Festival – May

Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka. During this time, people celebrate the triple anniversary of Lord Buddha – his birth, his attaining of Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana.
Colourful bamboo-framed lanterns adorn the interior of every home and luminous displays decorate the streets of most towns. Visit Bhauddoloka Mawatha, the main street in Colombo, to catch this glowing spectacle in full glory.

Vesak marks the first month of the Buddhist Calendar. This is a day spent in reflective prayer as people cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. Devoted Buddhists pray in temples from dawn until dusk. As the sun sets, devotees partake in processions and return to the temples in the evening to hear monks read stories from sacred texts.

Roadside stalls distribute free refreshments to passers-by and there are mime and street theatre performances, staged on tall platforms near temples in cities and towns throughout the country.

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The Poson Festival – June

According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and…

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The Poson Festival – June

According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and the people, and preached the doctrine. The traditional spot where this meeting took place is revered by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Therefore in the month of Poson, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

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Kataragama Festival – July

Kataragama hums with activity at the time of pujas (offerings or prayers). Devotees laden with offerings move lightly, barefoot, up the temple steps. From inside comes the sharp sound…

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Kataragama Festival – July

Kataragama hums with activity at the time of pujas (offerings or prayers). Devotees laden with offerings move lightly, barefoot, up the temple steps. From inside comes the sharp sound of breaking coconuts as worshippers begin their devotions. It’s just after six in the evening, not long now to the evening puja. A queue snakes round the shrine’s inner walls; the people stand patiently, clutching plates heaped with fruit and flowers and decorated with brilliant red garlands made only for Skanda, son of Shiva and the god of war and wisdom, for whom the main shrine in Kataragama is dedicated. It is said that Skanda rested on the mountain at Kataragama after defeating an army of demons.

The Kataragama shrine is ancient. Legend has it that it was built by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BC, but it is apparently even older than this. There is an old pilgrimage route to Kataragama that starts in Jaffna and runs down the east coast, passing through Yala. Because of the war, this route is sadly too risky to undertake. But pilgrims still make the trek up the mountain. At dusk you can see the lights from the shrine on the mountain from the precincts of the Kataragama shrine.

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Kandy Esala Perahara – August

Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August…

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Kandy Esala Perahara – August

Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional ‘diya-kepeema’.

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National Festivals of Kites – September

A festival of color and life, the National Festival of Kites is the place where creativity soars to the heights unreached as people from all age groups and backgrounds…

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National Festivals of Kites – September

A festival of color and life, the National Festival of Kites is the place where creativity soars to the heights unreached as people from all age groups and backgrounds display their handiwork and paint the skies, each with a different shade. Competitors could be any person, group or organization but the festival is open to all. Kites are in all shapes and sizes and are usually made with dried leaves and colorful papers and sarees. There usually competitions for longest kite or the most innovative kite with natural resources among many others.

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Annual Golf Classic Tournament – October

The best golfing tournament in the country, the Sri Lankan Airlines Annual Golf Classic attracts the finest golfers island-wide and from all over the world. Held at Victoria golf…

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Annual Golf Classic Tournament – October

The best golfing tournament in the country, the Sri Lankan Airlines Annual Golf Classic attracts the finest golfers island-wide and from all over the world. Held at Victoria golf course off Kandy, the tournament is set most idyllic of surroundings with beautifully landscaped terrain and an equally splendid backdrop of mountains and lakes. The Golf Course is rated among the 100 most beautiful courses the world over. This armature tournament is open to golfers with a Council of national golf Unions or other recognized handicap and each competitor plays two 18 hole Stableford rounds on two consecutive days.

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Deepavali Fesitival – November

Deepavali Festival is mostly celebrated by the Sri Lankan Tamils. Deepavali is also known as Diwali in both India and Sri Lanka. Deepavali Festival means many rituals and lighting…

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Deepavali Fesitival – November

Deepavali Festival is mostly celebrated by the Sri Lankan Tamils. Deepavali is also known as Diwali in both India and Sri Lanka. Deepavali Festival means many rituals and lighting off small lamps to banish off all shadows from one’s house and life. It is also termed as the Festival of Lights. This festival has a sublime significance, for it symbolizes the victory of good forces over evil forces. The lamps are symbolic of this celebration and hope for an bright and prosperous future. Fireworks are add to the glow and color and aura of the festival. In India, the northern part calls it Diwali and the southern part of the country knows this festival as Deepavali. As Sri Lankans Hindus (mostly Tamils), follow mainly the customs of South India, Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali Festival on the island too.

Diwali or Deepavali is usually celebrated in October or November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India. It is celebrated after twenty days of Dussehra Festival. For practicing Hindus it is one of the most important festivals in a year. There is a legend associated with this festival. It is said that this festival is celebrated to mark Lord Rama’s victory over Demon King, Ravana. In Sri Lanka, this festival is mostly celebrated by the Tamil community scattered in different areas of the island but mostly concentrated in the north. Haven and Puja are performed as part of the rituals and people to wear new clothes. Pleasantries and gifts are exchanged with friends and relatives.

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Adam’s Peak – December

Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada as known in Sri Lanka, is a mountain (2243 m) located in teh south of the central highlands. The mountain features a rock formation…

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Adam’s Peak – December

Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada as known in Sri Lanka, is a mountain (2243 m) located in teh south of the central highlands. The mountain features a rock formation that is considered as the footprint of Buddha for Buddhist, Shiva, for Hindu and Adam for Muslims and Christians.

The 1400 m ascent means a significant difference in temperature as you reach the top, and this is exacerbated by the wind. It is not a hard climb but especially on the way down, leg muscles will be overexerted.

The Jan – March period is particularly busy time to climb. Other months see less traffic, and therefore the many stalls lining the path are not open during the “low” season. So bringing food and especially water is important. Many people attempt the ascent in the early hours of the morning, with the goal of seeing the sunrise, others climb in the afternoon to see the sundown. In either cases, torches are needed to see at night, even with full moon. Travelling in groups is always advisable.

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