Find out more from our festival calendar. From peraheras to feasts and chariot procession, we have it all featured here.
Grand Feast, Ketchimalai Mosque
March 4 and 5
The one-month long festival concludes with a grand feast and prayers.
Ketchimalai Mosque, Beruwala
During this period Christians remember the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in wilderness before beginning his missionary life. They also reflect on Christ’s sacrifice that delivered man from sin. Lent ends on Holy Saturday and Sundays are excluded from the Lenten period as they are feast days. During lent, worshippers fast, pray and repent. The Way of the Cross, or the stages of Christ’s crucifixion, is followed, especially on Fridays in remembrance of Christ’s suffering for man. In an act of penance and repentance, Catholics usually sacrifice food such as sweets and meats and devote their time to prayer. Purple is considered the colour of mourning and royalty. Symbolising the mourning of Jesus’s crucifixion and that Christ is King, the liturgical vestments are purple during this period.
March 12 The Buddha had not returned to his home since leaving it on his quest for Nirvana. Repeated missives were sent by the king but the Buddha knew the time was not right. Each messenger sent joined the Buddha and took to robes. The last messenger was the minister Kaludai, who, after having himself taken the robes, urged the Buddha to revisit Kimbulwathpura, reminding him of the beauty of that kingdom during this season. The Buddha’s visit to Kimbulwathpura was to bear much fruit. Not only did he reveal the doctrine to his family, he also managed to help his son Rahula and half-brother Nanda to attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana.
Adam’s Peak pilgrimage season
Also known as Sri Pada, the pilgrimage season sees devotees throng to the mount to pay homage to the sacred footprint.
Festival of Matale Muthumari Amman kovil
The annual festival returns to Matale once again and attracts large crowds from far and near to take part in the one-month big festival.
Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil, Matale
Feast of St Anthony’s Church, Kachchatheevu
The annual feast of St Anthony’s Church is a grand celebration attracting large crowds.
St Anthony’s Church, Kachchatheevu
Feast of St Annes Church, Talawila
One of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka located near Kalpitiya is visited by many devotees. The church will be celebrating its annual feast with holy masses on the 12th and a vespers service on the 11th.
St Annes Church, Talawila