Duruthu Perahera

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Country and Region Sri LankaColombo
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Festival Contact Information

Sri Lanka Tourist Board
80 Galle Road
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 03
Phone: +94 (0)112 437059
Email: info@srilankatourism.org

Festival Description

The annual Duruthu Perahera, first held in 1927, celebrates the Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka with a huge procession and festival. The parade winds through the streets of Colombo on a route towards the sacred temple Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. The festival was first held in 1927 and continues to be one of the region’s most popular pageants and religious festivals. Events center on three perahera (processions) featuring costumed actors, dancers, musicians, and devotees dressed in white, accompanied by elephants.

Festival Dates January 5, 2011
Festival Links


Practical Info:

  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple
    Colombo, Sri Lanka


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