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Kandy Esala Perahera to be low-key this year

Taking into consideration the current situation in the country, the historic Kandy Esala Perahera will be held without public participation this year, Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara said.

The Diyawadana Nilame expressed these views to the media after the preliminary discussions regarding the Kandy Esala Perahera, which was held last Thursday at the Multi Purpose Building Complex at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

The Diyawadana Nilame further said that the first Kumbal Perahera will parade the streets on July 25 after the ceremony of planting ‘Kap’ on July 21. The first Randoli Perahera will parade the streets on July 30 and the last Randoli Perahera is scheduled to be held on August 3. The ‘Diyakapum’ Perahera and the Day Perahera will be held on August 4 and this time, the number of elephants and artists who perform in the Perahera will be reduced by about 30%.

Parallel to this, the number of Artists of the Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini Devala Perahera will also be reduced. The Diyawadana Nilame said that although the Perahera will parade the streets with a reduced number of artistes, this will in no way diminish the value of the Perahera.


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