Diyawadana Nilame announces Kandy Perahera programme

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa Pradeep Nilanga Dela yesterday (16) announced that the annual Esala Perahera of Kandy would be held from August 15 to August 30 in keeping with the custom. 

He made the announcement at a meeting of the Kandy Perahera Trust, representatives of the public sector and the community welfare organisations.  

Kap planting at the Devales would take place on August 15 and the Perhera rituals would be held within the Devales till August 19, the Diyawadana Nilame said.

 The annual historic pageant will be parading the streets from August 20 to August 24, followed by the Randoli Perahera on August 25. The Randoli Perhera will continue till August 29.

Water-cutting ceremony will take place on the morning of August 30 and the Day Perahera will parade the streets in the afternoon of the same day. 

The same day afternoon the Nilames will call on the President to submit the Perahera Sandeshaya in accordance with custom. 

Kandy District Secretary H. M. P. Hitisekara, Basnayaka Nilames of the devales, Kandy Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte, Kandy Municipal Commissioner Chandana Tennakoon, Senior DIG Gamini Dissanayake, DIG G. B. Peramune and host of others also attended the meeting.

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