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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

Festival of the August Moon - Esala Perahera

By Lakshman Ratnapala
Colombo, 31 August, (Asiantribune.com):

The 2,000 years old Dalada Perahera - marking the end of the annual Esala Perahera, paraded the streets of Kandy, Sri Lanka's last royal citadel for 10 nights, concluding with the August full moon, yesterday, Saturday, August 29th 2015.

Held every year in honor of the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, the parade features scores of gaily caparisoned elephants, hundreds of dancers, drummers, acrobats, whip crackers and torch bearers.

Thousands of foreign tourists mingled with a million local citizens along the sidewalks to view
the magnificent spectacle as cries of piety of the faithful reverberated among the hills ringing the old capital city.

The Kandy Esala Perahera concluded after the day Perahera held yesterday. The day Perahera was followed by the Water Cutting ceremony at the Mahaweli River at Peradeniya.

On Sunday (today) morning Kandyan chieftains in ancient regalia, marched to the Presidential mansion in Kandy, following royal tradition, to report to the Head of State, the successful completion of the annual event.

Here, the chief lay Custodian of the Dalada Maligawa (or Palace of the Tooth Relic) presents the report engraved in a silver scroll to the President, seen here flanked by the first lady Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena and the Governor of the Kandyan Provinces, Secretary to the President PB Abeykoon among those who attended the event.

Addressing the gathering, President Sirisena said that Buddhism is the most precious gem which we can offer to the world. The new government will launch a proper programme to convey the message of Buddhism to the world.

The President highlighted the value of spiritual development, saying that an overall development should be achieved only through spiritual development rather than physical development.

President's wife, Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Governor of the Central Province Surangani Ellawala Secretary to the President PB Abeykoon among those who attended the event.

- Asian Tribune -

Festival of the August Moon  -  Esala Perahera
Festival of the August Moon  -  Esala Perahera
Festival of the August Moon  -  Esala Perahera
Festival of the August Moon  -  Esala Perahera
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