Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera final day today


Final Day of the Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera will be held tonight. The historical Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera dates back to 1927. It came into being due largely to the efforts of philanthropist Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helena Wijewardene Lamathani.This religious cultural pageant has evolved over the years to a permanent position, as the country’s most elaborate and grandest low country pageant in its category. Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, the most sacred temple in the Western Province of Sri Lanka since Lord Buddha’s sojourn here during his 3 d historic visit to Sri Lanka celebrates this event annually in the "Duruthu Poya" during January by conducting a historic, traditional and cultural pageant, ‘the "Kelani Perahera". Whilst the Kelani Perahera commemorates the religious significance of Lord Buddha’s visit, it also supports and revives Sri Lanka’s cultural traditions of drummers, dances, singers, caparisoned elephants and colourful parades, which have always made this event a night of all nights.

The proceedings of todays Final Pageant will begin at 8.00 pm. There will be more than 50 elephants on parade.

The Perahera will commence with the handing over of the Sacred Relic Casket to Chief Basnayake Nilame, Dhammika Attygalle by Ven Prof. Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkita Nayake Thera.

The Sacred Relic Casket will be placed on the Caparisoned Tusker Kandula by President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, John Amarathunge, Sagala Ratnayake, Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva and Vice President Dayaka Sabha Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka will participate at this occasion.

Sri Lanka Tourist Board has made elaborate arrangements for tourists to view the Perahera at a Special Tourists Enclosure.

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