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Festivals in Sri Lanka (with description)

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Festival Name Description
Kandy Esala Perahera: Held in July/August.
Most important and spectacular pageant, with 10 days of torch-bearers, whip-crackers, dancers, drummers and elephants.
Climaxes in great procession honouring the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy.
Duruthu Perahera: Celebrates in January, Colombo.
Celebrates a visit by Buddha to Sri Lanka.
National Day: Held in February.
Celebrated with parades, dances and national games
New Year: Celebrates in March/April.
Celebrated with elephant races, coconut games and pillow fights.
Vesak: Celebrates in May.
Commemorates the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
Vel: Celebrates in July/August, Colombo
Must see : the ceremonial chariot of Skanda, the God of War hauled between two temples;
Kataragama: Celebrates in July/August, Kataragama
Devotees put themselves through the whole gamut of ritual masochism.