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Thai Pongal

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Thai Pongal

Sri Lanka,

This is a harvest festival - the Tamil equivalent of Thanksgiving. It is held to honor the Sun, for a bountiful harvest. Families gather to rejoice and share their joy and their harvests with others. The Sun is offered a "Pongal" of rice and milk. The ...

Kala Pola

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Kala Pola

Nelum Pokuna Mawatha, , , , 00700

Sri Lanka’s highly popular open-air art exhibition cum fair, Kala Pola, is an annual event which attracts numerous artists, island-wide. Conceptualised by the George Keyt Foundation, the Kala Pola has enjoyed the unbroken patronage of the John Keells Grou ...

Galle Literary Festival Annual

Galle, , , , 80000

The Galle Literary Festival that following a number of unforeseeable cancellations, and given the rigid time constraints in the organisation of a festival of this size and stature, we have decided to take a break for the Festival in 2013. The Festival ...

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Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara Duruthu Perahera

Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, , , , 11160

The Buddhist calendar of Sri Lanka opens with the Durutu Perahera Pooja Festival at the Historic Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara. The sacred Kelaniya temple derives its religious and historical significance, mainly due to the Buddha's third visit to the premises ...

Independence Day

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Independence Day

Sri Lanka,

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. For more than a century Sri Lanka was a British crown colony but on 4 February, 1948 the country achieved its independence to officially become the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Flag Don Stephen S ...

Elephant Polo Tournament

Galle International Cricket Stadium, , , , 80000

This elephant polo tournament, which is held in Galle annually in February, is formally known as the Ceylon Elephant Polo Association Tournament, and is a thrilling sight, where two riders are atop the elephant, with the player using a cane to hit the bal ...

Donald Steel Golf Tournament in Kandy

Kandy, , , , 20000

www.golfsrilanka.com

The 15th Annual Donald Steel Golf tournament will take place at the spectacular Victoria Golf & Country Resort in Kandy. A much looked forward to event in the Sri Lanka Golf calendar, this amateur golf tournament attracts over 100 players from about 15 co ...

Gangaramaya Navam Perahera

Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo 02, , , , 00200

gangaramaya.com

The Navam Perahera, held annualy in February, displays the rich religious and cultural tradition of Sri Lanka. Hundreds of monks clad in colouful robes solemnly walking in the procession are a unique sight. Youth clad in white carrying Buddhist flags marc ...

Maha Sivarathri

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Maha Sivarathri

Sri Lanka,

Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, wh ...

Galle International Film Festival

, , , 80000

Sri Lanka and its cinema industry would receive world’s attention with its first ever international film festival 'Galle Film Festival' (GFF) which is to be opened on March 2009 with the participation of renowned film artistes around the world. In the ...

Sinhala and Hindu New Year

Sri Lanka,

Sinhala Aluth Avurudda was celebrated in the Kandyan Kingdom as a national festival under the patronage of the kings. This was done in keeping with the rituals. The astrologers worked out Nekath (auspicious times) to perform the rituals in order to brin ...

Dolphin Watching in Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya, , , , 61360

www.kalpitiyadolphin.com

One of the main reasons for visiting tourist. From November to March you will see pods of 1000 dolphins! Tours are done early mornings. Spinner Dolphins are the most common with Bottlenose, Risso and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins are seeing regularly. ...

Whales and Dolphin spotting in Mirissa

Mirissa, , , , 80000

www.whale-watching-mirissa.com

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue ...

Nuwara Eliya Fiesta

Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, , , , 22200

Nuwara Eliya, meaning 'city on the plain' or 'city of light', is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important ...

Surfing in Arugum Bay from May to October

Arugum Bay, , , , 32000

www.arugam.info

Tipped to be southeast Sri Lanka’s hottest holiday destination, Arugam Bay is a name synonymous with sandy beaches and engaging surf points found nowhere else in the island. Having hosted the Arugam Bay Surf Contest for four consecutive years this breatht ...

Wesak Full Moon Poya Day

Sri Lanka,

Of all Poya days, the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day is of utmost significance as it marks three major events in the life of Lord Buddha. It was on a day like this that the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Lord Buddha took place. On Vesak Ful ...

Poson in Mihintale and Anuradhapura

Mihintale,Anuradhapura, , , , 50300

Poson full-moon poya day (Poson Poya Day/Poson Festival) is celebrated the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC, a festival of great historical and religious significance celebrated island-wide by Buddhists. Poson, held on the full moon ...

Kataragam Perahara from July to August

Kataragama Devalaya, , , , 91400

kataragama.org

There was a festive mood in Kataragama during the past two weeks, since it was time for the annual perahera. And on all days, commencing July 16, the pageantry on the streets was as colourful as ever. The inaugural procession, the Magul Perahera, comme ...

Kandy Esala Perahara

Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, , , , 20000

Esala Perahera (the procession of Esala) is the grand festival with elegant costumes held in July or August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and colourfully decorated elephants ...

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Nallur Festival in Jaffna

Nallur Temple, Jaffna, , , , 40000

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil (kovil meaning temple in Tamil) is one of the of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. It stands in the town of Nallur.The Nallur Festival in Jaffna in August is the island' ...

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