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Kandy Esala Perahera festival begins today

This year's Esala Perahera commenced with the traditional 'Kap' planting ceremony (‘Kap situweema’) at the auspicious time of 5.10am at ‘Sathara Devale’ in Kandy, Sri Dalada Maligawa.

Five ‘devala’ processions will be held subsequent to the ‘Kap’ planting ceremony. The first ‘Kumbal perahera’ will parade the streets on August 5 and will continue till August 9. ‘Randoli Perahera’ will parade the streets from August 10-14.

A day procession will be held on August 15 and a ‘perahera sandeshaya’ informing that the Esela Perahera was successfully completed will be handed over to the President by the Diyawadana Nilame and Basnayake Nilames at the President’s House in Kandy.      

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