Grand Randoil Perahera of Kandy Esala Festival...
August 31, 2023
The final Randoli Perahera of Esala festival of the historic Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy paraded the streets amid pomp and pageantry on Wednesday night (Aug. 30). Graced by President Ranil Wickremesinghe and First Lady Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, auspicious occasion witnessed an international touch as well, with the distinguished presence of U.S. Senator Van Hollen and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung.
At the auspicious time of 7:03 p.m., the enchanting Esala Perehara commenced its majestic journey, traversing through the historic streets of Kandy. The procession followed an enchanting route along Dalada Veediya, Yatinuwara Veediya, Kande Veediya, and D.S. Senanayake Veediya, and culminated by passing through Raja Veediya. Massive crowds had gathered to witness the annual cultural showpiece and had been flooding in since the early hours of the day, despite the heavy rains experienced in the area.
Source: President’s Media Division