Kandy Esala Perahera 2015, Sri Lanka

kandy esala perahera 2015

Walk with me through the streets of the most spectacular religious procession in Asia

I absolutely love religious and cultural festivals in Asia. Last year I readjusted my schedule so that I could climb to the top of a volcano at midnight to witness the Yadnya Kasada sacrifices in Java, Indonesia. This year I made sure to time my Sri Lankan trip with the Kandy Esala Perahera – one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. The festival lasts ten days and each separate parade goes on for three full hours – the culmination of which is a huge Tusker elephant carrying a sacred casket holding a tooth belonging to Buddha. It’s a complete assault on the senses. Fire and smoke is everywhere. This really is one event that cannot be described in words. Check out the video for a glimpse of this intense, incredible festival.

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