Festivals in Colombo

Sri Lanka has a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioning in the crossroad of the East and West. And by being a multicultural society it celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events. In Colombo most of the festivals are inspired by religious events. Check out below for more information about festivals in Colombo

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Buddha's birth celebration in Colombo

There is at least one amazing festival to be found in Colombo, namely the celebration of Buddha’s Birth. This festival, named ‘Vesak’, usually takes place in May. It is celebrated in Colombo, but also in other cities such as Kandy and Galle. You will definitely be amazed by the beautifully electrically lit ‘toranas’, symbolizing good fortune. Imagine going to a festival with a local, who can introduce you to all the rituals and let you experience this joyful day from a local perspective? Sounds amazing, right?!

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