of Srilanka would leave most enchanting experiences on the minds of its
travelers as the island enjoys the bright and colorful tradition
festivals celebrated with full fun and enthusiasm. Mostly festivals in
Sri Lanka are religion base and celebrated with same sprit among all
sections of the society.
The people of Sri Lanka are so lively that there is festivity mood
throughout the year, which is easily depicted in their celebrations,
with vivid traditional rituals, ceremonies and a splendid extravagance.
The exact dates of most festivals tend to change from year to year as
they depend on lunar and solar aspect.
Hindu festivals in Sri Lanka are also celebrated with distinctly
dazzling ceremonies and rituals.
Besides India, Diwali festival is equally celebrated with great
devotion in Sri Lanka. Diwali the festival of lights, lamps, rituals and
is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, according to legend
on this auspicious day Lord Rama return to Ayudhya, from 14 years of
exile. Goddess Lakshmi, known as the goddess of wealth is also
worshipped on the day and a grand puja celebration is organized in every
Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka are more recurrent as the country is
dominated by Buddhist faith. With respect, on full moon day of every
month religious ceremony are performed by the followers of Buddhists,
the day is called Poya Day. The main full moon day celebrations are -
Duruthu (January): Vesak (May): Poson (June): Esala (July/August):
New Year Festival
Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a traditional celebration that foretells
the way of the sun from Pisces to Aries. The event is prominent
throughout the island, following traditional customs with the emphasis
on carnival celebration.
Muslim festivals are also closely associated to religion. The community
follows a minority group that is the reason the celebrations are not
much in notice. The main Muslim festivals are the Milad-un-Nabi or the
birth of the Prophet Mohammed in December, Id-ul-Fitr marking the end of
the holy fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the Haj festival when
Muslims make their pilgrimages to the holy Muslim shrine at Mecca.
Christmas is also very much part of the island's festivities, and is
celebrated with same fun and folic through out the island among all
communities, especially Christians.