Every year in the month of February, the city streets of Colombo are illuminated by the bright and colourful festivities of the Navam Maha Perahera. Witnessed by thousands of locals and tourists, this iconic procession effortlessly captures the beauty and charm of this country’s rich heritage.
The Navam Maha Perahera is the annual procession of the famous Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo. The temple itself is a very prominent attraction in the city, boasting of an incredibly beautiful collection of Buddha statues. Located over the Beria Lake, this magnificent temple truly creates a breathtaking sight. It is quite easy to spot too, as you are travelling in the area.
The procession of the temple takes place in the night, which makes the experience of witnessing it, a little more enchanting! The streets are lit by flaming torches, creating a magical atmosphere. Traditional dancers, drummers, stilt walkers and many other types of performers clad in colourful garments take part in the event, vibrantly portraying the richness of this country’s culture. You will also see a large number of Buddhist monks and Buddhist flag bearers proudly taking part in this enchanting procession.
A majestic tusker, adorned in a richly worked cloak carries the Sacred Relic Casket in the parade while the devotees fervently worship. The regal tusker truly inspires ardent admiration from all onlookers! Be sure to carry your camera with you as the procession is one of the most colourful and beautiful ones you will ever see in Colombo.
If you are travelling in Sri Lanka in the month of February, be sure to catch a glimpse of this outstanding religious and cultural festival. Get in touch with Green Holiday Centre and find out how you can witness the surreal splendour of this event.