Processions Essay

885 words - 4 pages

Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth relic) is a grand festival of Esala held in Kandy. It is very majestic with elegant costumes of the participents and the elephants. Esala perahara holds in July or August .It has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually decorated with lavish costumes. The festival ends with the traditional 'diya-kepeema'.
History
The Esala procession is believed to be a combination of two separate but interconnected "Peraheras"– The Esala and Dalada. The Esala Perahera which is ...view middle of the document...

Traditionally it was meant to shower blessing on the King and the people.
For the next five nights, the "Devale Peraheras" take place within the premises of the four Devales with the priest of each Devale taking the pole every evening, accompanied by music and drumming, flag and canopy bearers, spearman and the Ran Ayudha, the sacred insignia of the Gods.
The Kumbal Perahera
On the sixth night, the Kumbal Perahera begins and continues on for five days.The relic casket, which is a substitute for the Tooth Relic, is placed inside the ransivige affixed to the Maligawa Elephant, a the Maligawa Perahera joins the awaiting Devale Peraheras and leads the procession.
The Randoli Perahera
The Randoli Perahera begins after five nights of the Kumbal Perahera. Randoli refers to the Queens of the ruling Kings traditionally traveled.
Diya Kepeema and the Day Perahera
After the Randoli Perahera, the pageant ends with the Diya Kepeema, which is the water cutting ceremony at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, a town a few miles from Kandy. A Day Perahera is held to mark the ceremony.
Kelaniya's Duruthu Perahera
In Sri Lanka Peraheras are a regular event. Every month there is a perahera somewhere in the island. The Duruthu Pererahera in Kelaniya, which just concluded is the first perahera in the year.
Compared to the other Peraheras, the Kandy Esala Perahera, the Saman Devala Perahera in Ratnapura and the Devundara Esala Perahera, Kelaniya's Duruthu Perahera is new. It has a very short history, not yet 100 years old.
This Perahera was started in 1926 to mark the renovation of the Kelaniya Raja Maha...

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