Festivals in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka having a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioning in the crossroad of the East and the West, and being a multicultural society, celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events.

Every year on or about April 13 Sinhala and Tamil people celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festival, and Muslims celebrate Ramadan. Esala Perahera (A-suh-luh peh-ruh-ha-ruh) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and richly decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional 'diya-kepeema'. The elephant is paraded around the city bearing the tooth of Buddha.

Festivals and events by Gregorian calendar dates[edit]

(This order may differ from year to year due astrological and astronomical reasons)

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February - The National Day (Independence Day) - (Customary/Political/Commemorating the Political Freedom attained from the British Empire)
  • February - Navam Full Moon Poya - (Religious/Buddhist)

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • April - Watching the new moon for the new Lunar year - (Customary/Astrology related)
  • April - Day Prior to Sinhala and Tamil New Year - (Religious/Customary/Buddhist/Hindu/Sinhalese/Agriculture related/Astrology related)
  • April - Sinhala and Tamil New Year - (Religious/Customary/Buddhist/Hindu/Sinhalese/Agriculture related/Astrology related)
  • April - National herbal oil ceremony - (Customary/Buddhist/Sinhalese/Astrology related)
  • April - Bak Full Moon Poya - (Religious/Buddhist)

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]