TikaWeeks #34-2/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 22nd August 2019

Caparisoned elephants at the Navam Maha Perahera 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka (courtesy of dailymirror.lk)

Since 1979, the Navam Maha Perahera in Colombo, held around the Navam full moon poya day in February, has enchanted large crowds of locals and visitors alike. The procession, steeped in age-old traditions, involves much pageantry and includes masked dancers and acrobats, regional drummers, up to 50 caparisoned elephants, fire-eaters and jugglers, and marching bands. In 2020, it takes place on 07 and 08 February. Please contact us for more details.

Organised by Gangaramaya Temple, the parade follows flag and torch bearers and 500 parading monks, thus completing a true spectacle. A large tusker carrying the tooth relic on its back symbolises the integrity of such a procession and completes a magnificent festive celebration. The procession begins at around 7pm. 

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