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Events

January
The Galle Literary Festival –
Come and experience the literary festival in Galle.
A 4 day program bringing the best Sri Lankan & international authors from around the world. The program will include cooking classes, writing workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitions and walking tours and much more.

For more information on how you can be a part of this exciting event contact:
www.galleliteraryfestival.com
info@galleliteraryfestival.com

April
A day at the races
Take to the hills! Join Colombo’s elite and the not so elite racecourse in Nuwara Eliya!
More on Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing

April  
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
The dawning of the traditional Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is celebrated with religious observances, preparation of sweetmeats, and the people engage themselves in traditional sports and cultural events.
2007 dates will be announced soon.

May
Vesak Festival the first full moon in May
Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord Buddha. The country is lit up by the colourful lanterns and pandals, religious ceremonies and alms giving are also very common during this season.

July
Kataragama Festival
The Kataragama festival is another of the major Esala Festivals. Kataragama in the South-East corner of the island is a jungle shrine dedicated to God Skanda and is a popular pilgrim centre for Buddhists and Hindus. Fire walking and the annual perahera in July/August are some of its highlights.

Bellanwila Perahera
Held at the Rajamaha Vihara (Buddhist temple) at Bellanwila, just south of Colombo, the Bellanwila Perahera is a colourful pageant.

July/August (Kandy Perahera)
Esala (July/August) is the seasons of festivals in Sri Lanka and the full moon day of Esala is the climax of some of the festivals. The most magnificent of these festivals is the Kandy Esala Perahera. A spectacular medieval day pageant is held for 10 nights climaxing with the Kandyan dancers and drummers in colourful traditional costumes. Kandyan Chieftains in medieval court dress, more than one hundred caparisoned elephants whip crackers, torch bearers etc., make it an unforgettable experience.

August (Vel Festival)
A highly decorated Vel chariot parades the streets of Colombo annually carrying the weapons of God Skanda from one Hindu temple to the other.

Hikkaduwa beach festival. Go to The official Website clck here

October
Deepavali
The Hindu community in Sri Lanka celebrate Deepavali - the festival of light.

Galle Film Festival
Walk the red carpet! Galle showcases world premieres, asian premieres and workshops. For further information see
www.gallefilmfestival.com or e mail info@gallefilmfestival.com

October
Eid-ul-Fitr – End of Ramadan

October
Golf Championship
11th Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic is to be held from 25th – 28th October 2006 at the magnificent Victoria Golf and Country Resort, Digana, Kandy.

15th December
Sangamitta Day
Sri Lanka’s Buddhist community at Anuradhapura commemorate the historic event of bringing the right sapling of the sacred Bo-tree under which Gauthama Buddha attained enlightenment in India.

Further details of upcoming events can be seen on
http://www.explorelanka.com/travel_info/event.htm

For weather reports: http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/SriLanka/Galle.htm

For travel advisory:
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/sri-lanka

   
 
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