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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.