Cop being the good shepherd.
Any given Sunday, or Monday thru Saturday, you can find a parade is Sri Lanka. Perhaps it’s a protest or a perahera, but it looks like a parade. The photo above is some kids from Lumbini school, for something or rather. Came with Kandyan drummers and all. Depending on season you can get the full thing, with elephants and fire.
To me at least, it’s all somewhat unpredictable. Everything has its own schedule, and has for years, but if you’re just roaming around it’s a pleasant surprise. Or unpleasant if you’re trying to get somewhere, but when I see people in the street I just give up on whatever I was doing and watch.
Then there’s the protests. Near Ward Place they’re pretty much seasonal. Perhaps in 100 years people will still be marching and have forgotten what they were marching for. It’ll just be a grand festival, with customs and tickets.
These days the University Grants Commission gets blockaded every year (at least). Sorta for good reason, cause Sri Lankan university grads have higher unemployment than non-grads, but those aren’t what the placards necessarily say. The regular medical student protest against private med colleges also proceeds down the same stretch. In both cases I think they have the wrong prescription but the problem is real.
As a observer tho, I just like seeing bunches of people. I dunno. As long as they keep to one side of the street.
Above is the Lumbini march again. This I just chanced upon, going somewhere else. And this happens all the time. In recent memory there was Vesak, which is when the whole city is devoted to lights, the assorted Royal/Thomian school marches, May Day (both government and JVP representations), oh my God, too much HTML code, I forgot where I am. There’s a lot of parades.