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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