Sri Lanka is an amazing tourist destination that continues to pull tourists from all over the world. This gem of the Indian Ocean is dotted with numerous places that can be thronged to make Sri Lanka Holidays perfect. It is influenced heavily by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism, the main religion followed in this country. Apart from it, the nation also houses a sizable population that follows Hinduism. Sri Lanka has a rich cultural diversity, and this is the reason there are a large number of colourful festivals celebrated with pomp and show.
One of the most prominent festivals that are celebrated in Sri Lanka is Vesak. It is observed on the full moon day in the month of May. Travellers, availing Sri Lanka tour packages, can witness this weeklong cultural and religious festival, commemorating the important life events of Lord Buddha. During this occasion, devotees give alms to bring happiness to sick and aged people.
On this auspicious day, electrically lit tents are erected in Colombo, Galle and Kandy. Lanterns, also called Vesak Koodu, are lit in front of houses that signify the light of Lord Buddha and Dharma. Dansalas or food stalls are organised by Buddhists to provide free beverages and eatables to people. Religious ceremonies include offering flowers, burning incense sticks and singing devotional songs. During these ceremonies, devotees reaffirm their faith in the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Kandy Esala Perahera
Sri Lanka tour packages can be best availed by witnessing Esala Perahera, which is celebrated for ten days with grandeur in Kandy city. The festival is held during the month of Esala, when Lord Buddha is said to have given his first teaching after his enlightenment. On this occasion, the sacred tooth relic is taken out from Dalada Maligawa and carried through the city streets. This festival is observed to pay homage to the relic and four guardian deities. The term Perahera means a parade of dancers, musicians and other performers, accompanied with elephants, parading in the streets. The reason for celebrating this festival is to receive blessings from the gods in order to get sufficient rains for the cultivation of crops.
Vacationers, who are planning their Sri Lanka holidays, can witness the celebrations of these two amazing festivals to have an unforgettable experience.