The Kandy Esala Perahera (the Esala procession of Kandy) is the grand festival with elegant costumes held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.
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Kandy Esala Perahera 2017. (Event Schedule)
|1st Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)||29 th of July|
|2nd Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)||30th of July|
|3rd Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)||31stst of July|
|4th Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)||1st of August|
|5th Kumbal Perahara (Final Kumbal Procession)||2ndof August|
|1st Randoli Perahara (First Randoli Procession)||3rdof August|
|2nd Randoli Perahara (Second Randoli Procession)||4thof August|
|3rd Randoli Perahara (Third Randoli Procession)||5th of August|
|4th Randoli Perahara (Fourth Randoli Procession)||6th of August|
|Final Randoli Perahara (Final Randoli Procession)||7 th of August|
|Dawal Perahara (Day Procession)||8 th of August|
Kumbal Perhara (Kumbal Procession)
The first procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic stars with the Kumbal Perhara. This is the first Kumbal Perhara shown to the infants to drive away Evil Spells and Illwill. It is a tradition that the procession parades the streets of Kandy for five days. But the Kumbal Perahara is popular and remains as an unfinished procession or a semi procession. The reason is that Nilames do not work in this procession. But the Drummers and Tuskers take part without any ceremonial costumes.
Randoli Perhara (Randoli Procession)
This could be seen only with the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic and parade the streets for whole five days which is a tradition. In the days of the Kings the Chief Queen of the Kings paraded in this procession in Palanquins. As the participation of the Queens was not proper to the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic they were stopped but a palanquin is taken in the procession as an honor to the Queen. Today it is taken as the last item of the procession.
Maha Randoli Perhara (Grand Randoli Procession)
The Maha Randoli Perahara is the last Procession. It is the grandest event of the festival. The Tuskers come with garlands and decorated with ceremonial costumes. The Diyawadana Nilame adds a novel glamour to the procession by wearing newly stitched costume.