Festivals

There is never a month in Sri Lanka without a festival.
Nallur Kovil Festival
Sivashanthan
By Time Out editors |
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September marks many significant festivals including the Feast of Our Lady of Matara, Kotte Raja Maha Viharaya, Festival of Vallipuram Vishnu Kovil, Getabaruwa Esala Perahera and Maha Saman Devalaya Perahera. The Nallur Kandaswamy Festival, also continues this month.

Festival of Vallipuram Vishnu Kovil

Festival of Vallipuram Vishnu Kovil

September 9 – 24

Festival of Vallipuram Vishnu Kovil

Vallipuram Alvar Vishnu Kovil, one of the oldest temples in Jaffna holds its annual festival this month with the Kodi-etram (hoisting of the flag) beginning on the 9th. The Ther (chariot procession) takes place on the 23rd and concludes with the Theertham on the 24th.

Maha Saman Devalaya Perahera

Maha Saman Devalaya Perahera

September 10 – 26

Maha Saman Devalaya Perahera

Watch the city of Ratnapura, home to the Maha Saman Devalaya, light up in festivities as the procession parades through the streets; the moment originating to the times of King Parakramabahu VI.

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Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Festival

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Festival

Till September 11

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Festival

The Mahotsavam festival which is in rev- erence of Lord Murugan continues this month as well. Elaborate chariot ‘Ther’ processions and ‘Kavadi’ take to the streets, in veneration of the deity. Large crowds gather to seek blessings of Lord Murugan, chanting ‘haro hara’.

Getabaruwa Esala Perahera

Getabaruwa Esala Perahera

September 20 – 26

Getabaruwa Esala Perahera

The Getabaruwa annual Esala Perahera of the Getabaruwa Maha Devalaya is the second largest of the Matara district. The Randoli Maha Perahera takes place on the 24th.

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Binara Full Moon Poya Day

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

September 24

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

The Binara Poya Day holds special significance for Buddhists as it marks the commencement of the Meheni Sasanaya and the Bhikkuni Sasanaya.

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