Festivals

There is never a month in Sri Lanka without a festival.

Witness the grandeur of the Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera
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By Time Out editors |
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January marks many significant festivals including the Feast of St Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar, Thai Pongal, Duruthu Maha Perahera and Pilgrimage to Sri Pada.

Feast of St Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar
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Feast of St Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar

January 11 – 20

The annual feast dedicated to Saint Sebastian begins on the 11th with the hoisting of the flag. Vespers are held on 19th, followed by the feast on the 20th.

Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal

January 15

The Festival of Harvest is a celebration thanking the Sun god and the cattles for a succesful reap. adorn their homes with colourful kolam and the tasty sweet pongal is preparared and shared.

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Duruthu Maha Perahera

Duruthu Maha Perahera

January 19

In Kelaniya, the Duruthu Maha Perahera is held with devotion as crowds gather to witness the grandeur of the pageant.

Duruthu Full Moon Poya

Duruthu Full Moon Poya

January 20

The first full moon poya of the calendar, Duruthu marks the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka.

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