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Esala Perahera Pageant - 2015

The month of Esala (July), during which period this annual pageant is usually held, had been considered a month of celebrations and festivity, both among Indians and Sri Lankans. Even from the lifetime of the Buddha in the 6th century BC, the Esala festival was held to commemorate the Buddha's Conception, his Renunciation and the First Sermon. Esala is also considered to be the beginning of the raining season (Vassana) when the monks commence their Retreat. Also, this month is considered to be the period when ritual performances to the protective divinities are held, (eg Pattini puja) as recorded in the text 'Pattini-Halla'. Being considered a 'chaste' month, the period is held sacred for the availability of water, hence prosperity.

Several records have been left behind by dignitaries and other visitors to the island such as Robert Knox, John Davy, etc. The description of the perahara. These accounts provide much evidence as to the constitution and organization of the present day perahara. Yet many features seem to have been added and some changed to suit the time and the available resources and conditions.


Kandy Esala Perahera 2015 - Event Schedule



Kap planting of the four devalas

15 th of August

Dewala Perahara (Inside Dewala Procession)

15 th-19 th of August

1st Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)

20 th of August

2nd Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)

21 st of August

3rd Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)

22nd of August

4th Kumbal Perahara (Kumbal Procession)

23 rd of August

5th Kumbal Perahara (Final Kumbal Procession)

24th of August

1st Randoli Perahara (First Randoli Procession)

25 th of August

2nd Randoli Perahara (Second Randoli Procession)

26 th of August

3rd Randoli Perahara (Third Randoli Procession)

27 th of August

4th Randoli Perahara (Fourth Randoli Procession)

28 th of August

Final Randoli Perahara (Final Randoli Procession)

29 th of August

Dawal Perahara (Day Procession)

30 th of August

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