Final Grand Randoli Perahera of Sri Dalada Maligawa parades tonight

Final Grand Randoli Perahera of Sri Dalada Maligawa parades tonight

Sun, Aug 22, 2021, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 22, Colombo: The final Randoli Perahera of Sri Lanka’s premier Buddhist pageant, the historic Esala festival, paraded the streets in the hill capital of Kandy Sunday night while the country is under a complete lockdown due to rapidly spreading Covid-19 epidemic.

The final Perahera, grandest of all, showcasing many cultural dances and beautifully decorated bejeweled elephants, paraded the streets tonight without any spectators for a second consecutive year this year.

The Kandy Esala Perahera, also known as the Dalada Perahera or the ‘festival of the tooth’, is considered the epitome of the country’s Buddhist celebrations, blessed with divinity and blessings for this ancient island by means of rainfall to ensure a bountiful harvest.

The festival, spanning across 11 days with ceremonies and peraheras parading the streets of Kandy this year from the 13th to the 23rd of August, is celebrated under vigilant health and safety guidelines due to the pandemic this year.

The iconic parade, a noble procession that began over 1700 years ago to commemorate the gods and pay homage to the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is considered the oldest cultural event in the world

The Esala festival normally attracts thousands of devotees, pilgrims and foreign visitors to the hill capital of Kandy and it is a major tourist attraction.

The Grand Randoli Perahera was live webcasted this year in English, Sinhala, Tamil, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese and Khmer Language for the audience from all over the world.

The Esala festival will be concluded at the traditional water cutting rituals to be held in the Mahaweli River at the Gatambay Thotupola tomorrow (August 23)morning.

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