The Kandy Esela Perehera is usually held in month of July or August. It’s being held in the Sri Lankan hill capital, Kandy. This is a colorful procession with a festival atmosphere. No it is not like Rio Del Jenerio Carnival. This is a holy festival. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed in at Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
This artistic procession comprises of many traditional dances. Such as fire dances, whip dances, kandyan dances and various other cultural dances to make the parade beautiful. Then the there are many elephants are paraded during this event. They are dressed in colourful lavish garments to make the parade glamorous. The Main elephant will parade the Scared Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha during the Perahera.
The scared tooth Relic of Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in 4th Century EC. After that all the Kings should be Buddhist to rule Sri Lanka. It was a practice if you are the King of Sri Lanka the Scared Tooth Relic should be in the capital of the kingdom. As the time passed by Kingdom locations were changed from Anuradhapura to Kandy. Therefore resting place for Scared Tooth Relic also changed accordingly. The last Kingdom of Sri Lanka is Kandy. That is why still the Lord Buddha’s Scared tooth Relic in housed in Kandy. This is the reason the today’s Esala Perahera is called ‘Kandy EsalaPerahera’.
It is truly a magnificent event which is a very important date in Sri Lankan calendar. More than 2000 people participate in the parade and more than 80 Elephants are parade. This is the pinnacle showpiece of Old Sri Lankan cultural festival. It is being telecasted live on National Television Channels and on the world wide web. But this time it will be telecasted live in South Korea.
This year Perahera will start on the 15th of August 2015 and the final and the biggest Perahera (Parade) will be held on the 29th of August 2015 night. Lot of foreigners arranges their tour to Sri Lanka to witness this magnificent event.