Fire Dancers at the Perahara Festival in Kandy
Over 50 elephants were involved in the parade, but by the end of the 10 day festival, there will be over 200 and the parade will last for 6 hours!!!
Traditional mining techniques are used to extract gravel from mine shafts in search of Moonstone, not dissimilar to Sovereign Hill’s gold mining practices of the 1850s!
Not what you would expect to see on an Aussie road, but pretty run of the mill in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of elephants are transported to Kandy each year for the Perahara Festival that celebrates the relic of Buddh’s tooth, which is housed in a gold, stupa shaped vessel similar in design to a Baboushka doll, with multiple stupas inside. Hundreds of locals and tourists line up to see this unique relic during the 10 days each year it is on display.
As part of the Perahara Festival, Buddists light incense and candles in a delightful assault on the senses.
Using a windlass to draw 40kgs of slush to the surface from a shaft 14 metres deep.
From this basket half full of river slush, 5 small pieces of Moonstone were sifted. Two pieces were white and the others Blue Moonstone.
Take a look at the following you tube links of the Perahara Festival’s first night, celebrating Buddha’s Tooth Relic. It was an amazing experience… The sights and sounds…..you have to see it to believe it!