These are some photos I took from the Kandy Perahera. I am normally bored by parades or processions, but this was really quite something. I have also seen some lackluster Kandyan Dancers at weddings, but these were quite incredible. The whole parade is lit by glowing hot torches and the sound of whips and tons of synchronized drummers. It is quite a sensory experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone. We watched from the Queen’s Hotel seats, which were excellent, and surprisingly available 10 days before. The procession is really a feudal thing with Buddhism tacked on – one of the elephants carries the casket that carries the Buddha’s tooth. There is also a Hindu component in that one of the last temples contributing proceeders are from a Hindu area. Here are some photos.
the last night is the best Perahera, though photos came out worse
… let us tack on Buddhism to an ancient feudal ritual. Full Gallery