Esala Perahera de Kandy
The Kandy Esala Perahera is celebrated every full moons of August in honor of the sacred tooth of Buddha and the four "guardian" gods of Natha Temple, Vishnu, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini.>
After the British took over Kandy in 1815, responsibility for the preservation and protection of the relic was given to the Buddhist clergy. It was then that they organized the annual Esala Perahera, a procession to honor the gods to get enough rain for the upcoming rice crops.
Today, this ritual is still organized by the monks of the temple, who carry the Buddha's tooth in the streets of Kandy on elephants. This festival is considered one of the most beautiful in Asia! Lasting 10 days, it ends with a majestic procession of elephants adorned with magnificent hangings and lights, followed by traditional dances and music.
Tip: La Perahera happens at night, but to make sure you have a place in the front row, it's better to go early!