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Kandy Esala Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera is a combination of both Buddhist and Singhalese culture, consisting of a ceremony where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is paraded through the streets in order to invoke the blessing of rain from the gods. A ritual believed to date back to 3rd century BC; the first Perahera was performed in Anuradhapura. However, due to invasions, the tooth relic was shifted, finally finding a permanent home in Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). The Temple of the Tooth is Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist shrine, which has housed the Sacred Tooth Relic since the 16th Century.

The honour of carrying the sacred relic casket (a substitute for the Sacred Tooth Relic, which remains in the temple) is bestowed upon a majestic Maligawa tusker elephant, followed by hundreds of others. The ornate and richly decorated robes worn by the elephants are only rivaled in beauty by the accompanying custodians and officials, clothed in traditional apparel of Singhalese chieftains. Also apart of this opulent ceremony are Kandyan dancers and drummers, as well as acrobats, flame dancers and whip dancers, who continue to enthrall the ever-growing crowd that flock to see them each year.

This year the Kandy Esala Perahera will be held in a much more impressive way and we invite you to join with us.

Please visit Kandy Esala Perahera 2011 page if you are interested to know more about Kandy Esala Perahera (with schedule, photos and videos) and book seatings to view Perahera in this year (04th August 2011 to 14th August 2011).

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Sri Lanka Balloon Festival 2011

As every year, this year also Sri Lanka has planned the Balloon Festival, which is  a colourful festival , over 80 international participants from all over the world join in this two week of flying excursion-cum-tour. Most of the hot-air balloons will be taken place at  Sigiriya and Hambantota. Colombo also will have a chance to glance the 22 hot air balloons, the height of each balloon is as a seven storey building. A quite remarkable sight, this is the third successive year starting from the 21st March to April 4th. The highlight of this particular event will be when the balloon will fly information with fixed winged air craft’s, in Hambantota. This is the first time that such a event will be held in Asia, these events are organized by the Sri Lankan Tourism along with the Ceylon Airship and Balloon Club.

On the 22nd March there would be a Night Glow Musical Show at Colombo University grounds, to mark the special event.

For those who wish to attend this festival we could arrange special packages to suit your requirement. Please contact us for further details.

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Celebrating the 63rd Year of Independence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka celebrates the Independence Day on the 4th of February of every year since 1948 to commemorate the freedom received from the British rule.

This year the main celebrations takes place at Kataragama Raja Veediya. Where the President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be addressing the whole nation, accordingly there would be an Educational Exhibition “Deyata Kirula” coincide with the Independent Day held at Buttala in Monaragala District for 10 days.

However, religious ceremonies will be held in Colombo to mark the 63rd Independence Day.

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Make your visit to Sri Lanka more exciting and colourful

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) together with the Hoteliers Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) launched another exciting event on Saturday the 23rd of January, at the Bentota beach which is a south coast beach of Sri Lanka as a part of special events for twelve months twelve visiting theme concept in Sri Lanka 2011. The theme for the month of January is the “Pristine Beaches of Sri Lanka” the organizers hope to promote and protect the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka as a major attraction for tourists.

Also events concluded for the day included a exciting sand castle competition and beach volleyball Tournament with the local and foreign participants.

As the year 2011 began, Sri Lanka tourism launched Visit Sri Lanka Pleasingly. Which was a promotional campaign to introduce 12 exciting themes happening through the year. The 12 refreshing themes consist of Sports, Beaches and Adventure, Heritage, MICE (meetings, conferences and exhibitions), People and Culture, Religious Tourism, Weddings and Honeymoons, Body and Mind Wellness, Culinary, Shopping and Entertainment, the Sri Lanka Tourism has also lined up more series of events to mark the rest of the themes in the coming 12 months of this year 2011.

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