Kandy Esala Perahera 2018 August 16th

History of Esala Perahera

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Buddhist Literature unveils various pageants and festivities held in great honor of Lord Buddha. The perahera pageant concept became popular during the reign of Emperor Asoka of Indi a. Kandy Perahara pageant really pageant which displays traditional customs.

Kandy Perahera Festival (1967)

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Kumbal Perahera

The first procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic stars with the Kumbal Perahera. This is the first Kumbal Perhara shown to the infants to drive away Evil Spells and Illwill. It is a tradition that the procession parades the streets of Kandy for five days. But the Kumbal Perahara is popular and remains as an unfinished procession or a semi procession. The reason is that Nilames do not work in this procession. But the Drummers and Tuskers take part without any ceremonial costumes.

Randoli Perahera

This could be seen only with the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic and parade the streets for whole five days which is a tradition. In the days of the Kings, the Chief Queen of the Kings paraded in this procession in Palanquins. As the participation of the Queens was not proper to the procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic they were stopped but a palanquin is taken in the procession as an honor to the Queen. Today it is taken as the last item of the procession.

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