August - Kandy Perahera

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The Kandy Perahera is held during the months of July and August every year, to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Kandy Perahera is part of the Esala Festival. The Perahera itself is a procession which is made up of many local dancers, acrobats, fire-breathers, as well as the elephants in ornate dresses which form the end of the procession. The origin of the perahera is during the reign of Kings when the Sacred Tooth Relic was considered the sole property of the King, not to be revealed to the public. King Rajasinghe decided that the general public should view the relic and pay their respects to this sacred relic. The rituals of the perahera are conducted by monks but the perahersa itself is to be organized by the Diyawadaana Nimale. The Kandy Perahera is one of the country's most prominent and most celebrated pageants and offers a truly fascinating cultural experience.