The Esala Perahera
The Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka.
It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants.
There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments.
(A few of many photos by Vihanga Dayananda who covered the recent Randoli Perahera.)
— Kandy Esala Perahera 2013
courtesy : Tourism Sri Lanka