The Esala Perahera is a celebration of religion and culture which reflects the rich tradition and history of the island nation will parade the streets of Kandy in the central province this month. Many visitors including TV channel hosts and camera crews have already arrived in the hill capital to capture this annual historical event for a wider international audience.
This millennia old pageant is a grand procession that can be traced as far back in history as the 3rd century B.C. Originally enacted to appease the God’s and as a prayerful ritual to bring rain and freedom from drought, it has expanded to be the current magnificent pageant in veneration of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which is believed to have been brought to Sri Lanka from India in the 4th century A.D.
To read the full story and history of this majestic pageant visit: LankaLibrary