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70th National day of Sri Lanka

Date: 04th February 2018

Venue: Colombo - Galle Face Green

Sri Lanka celebrates the gaining of her independence from Colonial rule with magnificent pomp and pageantry and the spirit of patriotism resonates in every street corner on the island's National Day. The national flag is hoisted and the national anthem sung, the traditional lamp is lit and the processions begin, complete with meticulously coordinated military parades, firing of canons and various religious and cultural performances, all to pay a tribute to forefathers of the land for their glorious feat. The celebrations open to all, continued year after year, signifying the continued united efforts as the people of one nation come together to celebrate her cherished sovereignty.
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70th National day of Sri Lanka

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festival

Date: 13th & 14th April 2018

Venue: Islandwide

Sinhala and Hindu New Year, one of the most celebrated festivals, symbolizing prosperity and ethnic harmony in the country, is the time of joy and renewal for Sinhala and Tamil population in Sri Lanka. April 13th marks the journey of the Sun from Meena to Mesha (from Pisces to Aries) in the Zodiac advocating the dawn of a new year for Sri Lankans according to the Sinhala calendar.The New year vibe spreads all over the island since the beginning of the month of April although celebrated on 13th and 14th of April. New year festivals are held around the island throughout the month, comprising of different traditional games where both children and adults take part in to cherish this joyful period of the year.
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Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festivals

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Vesak Festival

Date: 29th & 30th April 2018

Venue: Islandwide

Vesak is the main Buddhist religious festival in Sri Lanka. During this time, people celebrate the triple anniversary of Lord Buddha - his birth, his attaining of Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana. Also known as the Buddhist Festival of Light, colorful bamboo framed lanterns adorn the interior of every home and incredible luminous displays decorate the streets of most towns. Visit Bhauddoloka Mawatha, the main street in Colombo, to catch this glowing spectacle in full glory. Vesak marks the first month of the Buddhist Calendar. This is a day spent in reflective prayer as people cease wordly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. Devotees Buddhists pray in temples from dawn until the dusk. As the sun sets, devotees partake in processions and return to the temples in the evening to hear monks read stories from sacred texts. Stalls on the roadside distribute free refreshments to passers-by and there are some fantastic mime and street theatre performances, staged on tall platforms near temples in cities and towns throughout the country. ...

Vesak Festival


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Dates of the Kandy Esala Perahera Festival 2018

Date Event
2018-08-16 1st Kumbal Perahera
2018-08-17 2nd Kumbal Perahera
2018-08-18 3rd Kumbal Perahera
2018-08-19 4th Kumbal Perahera
2018-08-20 5th Kumbal Perahera
2018-08-21 1st Randoli Perahera
2018-08-22 2nd Randoli Perahera
2018-08-23 3rd Randoli Perahera
2018-08-24 4th Randoli Perahera
2018-08-25 5th Randoli Perahera
2018-08-26 Day Perahera (Water Cutting Ceremony)

Venue: Kandy

The Esela Procession of Kandy is the ostentatious pageant of the Asia held annually to respect the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha which is honourably housed at the palace of Kandy called Dalada Maligawa. Representing a unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. Elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments to honour the procession. Traditional event designers have properly synchronised the colours used for the procession with lighting to create more elegant and contrasted scene all over the procession.

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Kandy Esala Perahera 2018



Justifiably the most celebrated religious and cultural pageant in South Asia, the Kandy EsalaPerahera rings the goriest history of ancient Sri Lanka alive before your eyes. No other pageant anywhere else in Asia embodies so many historical cultural, political, spiritual and emotional elements of the nation. Beautifully caparisoned elephants, whip crackers and flame throwers, traditional dancers and drummers are some of the participants that threads through the old torch / lit streets in this truly exotic experience which has changed little over the centuries. The Kandy EsalaPerahera begins with the KapSituveema, with a sanctified young Jackfruit tree (Artocarpusintegrifolia) is cut and planted in the premises of each of the four Devales (Shrines of Gods) dedicated to the four guardian gods Natha, Vishnu, Katharagama and the goddess Pattini. Traditionally it was meant to shower blessing on the King and the people. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.

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England Cricket Tour of Sri Lanka

Date Venue
2018-10-10 1st ODI - Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
2018-10-13 2nd ODI - Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
2018-10-17 3rd ODI - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
2018-10-20 4th ODI - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
2018-10-23 5th ODI - R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium
2018-10-27 Only T20I - R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium
2018-11-06 1st Test - Galle International Cricket Stadium
2018-11-14 2nd Test - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
2018-11-23 3rd Test - Sinhalese Sports Club Ground

Venue:
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium - Dambulla
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - Kandy
R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium - Colombo
Galle International Cricket Stadium - Galle
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground - Colombo
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England cricket tour of Sri Lanka

The England cricket team is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in October and November 2018 to play three Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I).

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Raid Amazons 2018

Date: 10th October 2018

Venue: Islandwide

Raid Amazons is a Multi-Sport adventure event exclusive for daring adventurous females which has become a hall mark international event in tourism destinations. A large number of teams in smaller groups take part in a massive adventure challenge such as Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Riding, Running, Archery, Treasure Hunting etc in the competition to test the survival of the fittest.

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Raid Amazons 2018



Event runs through a period of 6 days enabling participants to go through a rigorous work out as well as witness, enjoy and experience different aspects of the country where ever the event is held. Many countries bid for this event for obvious reason of the publicity that it generates worldwide as a tourist destination for visitors from Europe. Up to now Raid Amazones has completed 17 editions. The event takes place annually in a specially selected country which comes forward to offer locations with facilities. The 1st Event was held in Guyana in 2001 and the 17th edition took take place in Cambodia. Sri Lanka was fortunate to hold this event twice in 2004 and again in 2009 with participation of over 225 and 138 Female Adventurers respectively. Sri Lanka is looking forward to hosting this event in 2018 the 1st edition & 2019 the 2nd Edition which is timely in the efforts of repositioning the country as a upmarket tourist destination.

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