Colombo, Feb 11 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s ‘Nawam Maha Perahera’ is an annual colorful and prestigious
Buddhist cultural pageant held in the island country. It is one of the most important religious and cultural events which attracts thousands of people including tourists per year.
The Nawam Maha Perahera is celebrated in the full moon day of the month of February. The highlight of this festival is the colourful elephant pageant when the streets of Colombo transform under the weight of 100 decorated elephants. The Gangaramaya Temple, located at Hunupitiya by picturesque Beira Lake is the venue of Nawam Maha Perahera festival where all the action takes place.
The inaugural parade is attended by over 1000 performers and school children who wave colourful flags on the way. Giving a befitting company to the procession, there is percussion bands, conch shell blowers, stilt-walkers, flautists and drummers who fill the air with sound and music.
(Pics By Ajith Perera)