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Events For August

Bellanwila Perahera
A colourful Esala pageant is also held at the Rajamaha Vihara (Buddhist temple) at Bellanwila, a Southern suburb of Colombo. The perahera features low-country folk dancers in addition to Kandyan dancers

Nikini Full Moon Poya
A Full Moon poya day celebrated on a low key although Buddhist devotees will observe sill and engage in religious activities

Vel Festival
Some of Colombo’s main streets take on a festival atmosphere in August where the capital’s main Hindu festival takes place and ornately decorated Vel Chariot makes its annual trip carrying the weapons of God Skanda from one temple to the other. (The exact date of the Esala Peraheras and of the other festivals are announced only during the first quarter of the year)


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