July marks many significant festivals, including Feast of the Visitation at Madhu Shrine, Kataragama Perahera, Aadi Vel and Esala Full Moon Poya.
Feast of the Visitation at Madhu Shrine
Catholics from across the island will travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar for the special High Mass celebrating the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary.
July 13 – 28
The annual festival of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya, dedicated to lord Skanda takes place this month with rituals such as fire walking. The grand Maha Perahera with majestic elephants, vibrant traditional dance and Kavadi Attam will be on July 27. The water cutting ceremony is on July 28.
July 26 – 29 and July 25 – 29
Aadi Vel is a procession in Colombo dedicated to lord Murugan. The chariot with the statue travels from Saman Kodu Sri Kathir Velayutha Swamy Kovil in Sea Street to New Kathiresan Kovil in Bambalapitiya from July 26 – 29 and from Kathiresan Kovil, Pettah to New Kathiresan Kovil, Bambalapitiya from July 25 – 29.
Esala Full Moon Poya
In Sri Lanka, the poya is significant as it marks the arrival of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the island. The poya also commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon after attaining Enlightenment.