Kandy Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka
Young man riding an elephant. The Esala Perahera in the city of Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, accompanied by a large number of caparisoned tuskers and elephants parading the streets. This historical procession is held annually Esala (July or August) to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments.
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