Festivals for July

As the seventh month approaches the island's biggest festivals will take place, with the beginning of the Kataragama Perahera, Ramazan and Aadi Vel, there are lots of rituals and activities taking place.
Kataragama Perahera
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By Time Out editors |

July 10

Feast of St Peter and St Paul Cathedral

The flag is hoisted a week ahead of the feast. Called the ‘Retreat Week’ reconciliation observances are carried throughout in preparation for the grand feast day.
Muwagama, Ratnapura; 077 765 6954

July 11

Vishnu latcha-archanai

One hundred names of Lord Vishnu are chanted during special poojas.
Sri Venkateshwara Maha Vishnu Kovil 7, Vishnu Kovil Road, Nedimala, Dehiwela;
011 271 2768

July 19

Esala Poya

An important full moon day which marks the Buddha’s first sermon and arrival of the sacred Tooth Relic in
 Sri Lanka.

Sri Dalada Maligawa Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy; 
081 223 4226

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