Esala Perahera -
Saturday July 4, 2020
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : On the Esala full moon, the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place. The most important and spectacular festival in SL, it is the climax of 10 days and nights of increasing frenetic activity in Kandy. Thousands of dancers, drummers, and temple chieftains take part in the parade that also features 50 or more magnificently decorated elephants honouring the Sacred Tooth relic of the Golden Temple. Smaller peraheras are held at this time at other locations in the island.
Khao Pansa / Esala Poya (Buddhist Fast begins) -
Tuesday July 7, 2020
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
First Sermon of Lord Buddha -
Friday July 24, 2020
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Marks the first sermon Buddha gave to his five disciples, introducing the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the Four Noble Truths. It is celebrated with candlelight processions.
Waso Robe Donation Ceremony -
Monday August 3, 2020
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : Lasts 2 weeks