Events & Festivals

Esala Poya & Kandy Esala Perahera

: July

Esala Poya is when the Bodhisattva was conceived by Queen Maha Maya. Esala Full Moon Poya day is also when Prince Siddhartha renounced his royal lifestyle.

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Nikini Poya – The First Dhamma Sangayana

: August

Nikini Poya is the second Poya in the Vas season and falls during August. Nikini Poya marks the first Dhamma Sangayana (convocation) of Buddhist monks .

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Hajj Festival or Eid-ul-Adha

: September

Eid-al-Adha also called the Hajj festival, is the second religious holiday in the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims all over the world.

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Binara Poya in Sri Lanka

: September

Binara Poya is the day when Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorate the establishment of the Bhikkhuni Sasanaya or Order of the Female Buddhist Monastic.

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Deepavali Festival of Lights

: October

Deepavali or Diwali is an annual Hindu festival in autumn every year. Deepavali signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

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Vap Poya | The Month of Robes

: October

Vap Poya marks the end of the retreat by Buddhist monks for the Vas 'rainy' season. The laity offer Katina robes to the Buddhist monks as an act of merit.

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Il Poya – A peaceful holiday

: November

Il Poya (Il Full Moon day) usually falls in the first week of November. Il signifies the passing away of one of Buddha's chief disciples, Sariputta.

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Christmas in Sri Lanka

: December

Christmas is celebrated by Christians (Catholic as well as other denominations) in Sri Lanka to mark the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

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Unduvap Poya Day

: December

Unduvap Poya day is the last Poya (Full Moon) of the year and commemorates the arrival of Sangamitta Theri in Sri Lanka with a Bo sapling from in India.

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