The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants This is held in the month of Esala (July or August) as to celebrate Buddha’s conceive and many years later his leaving of the family home. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasting for ten days. The Sinhalese term ‘perahera’ means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and other elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.
The meaning of this Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant Procession is to beseech blessings of the gods to obtain rain for the cultivation of crops etc.
This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the Kandy city streets which is done with great ceremony. This is the most beautiful pageant in the Asia
We where in Kandy in 2007 and were speechless after seeing so much devotion. It was a hard day driving to Kandy from south Sri Lanka. But is was worth it. I made fotoos then but seems my camera was to simple. Not one was worth showing.
The last day will be 10th of august and thats the moment to be there. I can advise to see this event once in ur life.