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A TIME TO HONOR TRADITION Kandy is the last capital of the Sinhalese monarch and the home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha, which is enshrined, revered and worshipped by Buddhists across the world.

The Esala Perahera in Kandy as we see it today dates back to the period of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 -1780 AD), there have been throughout the history of the island, processions and festivals of great magnitude, which could be considered as the origin or beginning of the present Perahera.

Now held in July/August, the Esala Perahera is the greatest of all the main festivals held in the most sacred shrine to all Buddhists in the Island.

The splendid age old pageant Esala Perahera is held annually for 10 nights during the Esala Festival (August or late July) to pay respect to the Sacred Tooth Relic. Scores of gaily caparisoned elephants, Kandyan Chiefs in ceremonial period costumes, hundreds of Kandyan drummers and dancers make this an unequalled spectacle.

The most significant section of the procession is the Maligawa tusker carrying the casket walking majestically flanked by two elephants with riders holding the Canopy over the casket and fanning and sprinkling flowers.

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