Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

The Navam Perahera (The Parade of February)

 

The Navam Perahera is the grand parade in which youth and other patrons clad in white carrying Buddhist flags are followed by hundreds of monks walking solemnly, the sacred relic of Lord Buddha is carried on the back of an ornately dressed elephant. Dancers display a variety of dances prevalent to the different parts of the country. They are followed by the drummers who exhibit their skill in handling numerous types of drums over the sound of Conch shells being blown. The pageant of elephants dressed in their celebratory outfits also participates in the parade.

 

The parade takes place on two consecutive nights in February incorporating the full moon Poya day of that month. The parade is organized by the Gangaramaya temple and takes place at Hunupitiya in Colombo overlooking the banks of the Beira Lake.

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Taken on February 6, 2012