The stunning island of Sri Lanka has a vibrant culture, with different races and religions adding their share of beauty and colour to its tapestry of life. There are many celebrations and events in Kandy that are scattered throughout the year, each making this island’s life truly marvellous.

 

January

In January, the Thai Pongal Festival is celebrated by the Tamils. This is a two-day harvest festival that brings the whole family together. Beautiful kolams adorn the floors and gifts are exchanged to celebrate the renewal of life.

 

February

February is a month of celebration for the Hindus of Sri Lanka as the Maha Shiva Rathri Festival that reveres the God Shiva falls in this month. The Donald Street Golf Tournament also occurs in February.

 

April

Sri Lanka welcomes the traditional dawn of a new year in the month of April. The Sinhala & Tamil New Year is celebrated colourfully with families visiting one another and exchanging meals and gifts.

 

May

May is a special month to the Buddhists of the island, as Vesak, the Festival of Lights occurs in this month. Beautiful lanterns adorn many homes throughout the month and a number of people offer dansal on the streets.

 

June

Poson Poya signifies the day when Buddhism first arrived in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims make their way to Mihintale which is where Buddhism was preached and spread to the nation by Mahinda.

 

July- August

The months of July and August bring much colour and joy to Kandy as the world-renowned Esala Perahara begins to attract countless devotees and tourists to the city. This iconic procession is truly a marvellous sight to behold.