The Dalada Procession (Esala Perahera) of Sri Dalada Maligawa
Copra torch beaters, drummers and tom-tom beaters never forget their responsibility and immense contribution to the glamour of the pageant. Because of their whole hearted involvement, sacrifice and endeavor, the spectators are endowed with the opportunity of watching the pageant in three parts even they wait at the same place for many hours. They view the pageant coming towards them, going past them and leaving them behind. This live, breath taking cultural spectacle becomes a reality in the eyes of the spectators because the pageant starts and ends in a well organized way. The performing artists are duty bound to make the viewers enthralled with their talents as they consider their performance is an offering for the tooth relic. Also the on lookers enjoy watching this live and cultural and religious display being in an angle of 160 degrees. But no viewer can see the very same pageant twice as it gets changed not only from day to day and but year to year also.
The Dalada Procession is one of the most spectacular festivals in the world held in the hill capital city of Kandy in Sri Lanka to honor the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A number of historical events are linked with this well known religious and cultural festival. The main objective of holding the procession is to prosper the country with a bumper harvest of rice. To bring it into reality, the rain in the correct time is a must.
In the Dalada procession, the casket of the tooth relic is carried with due respect. It is arranged in such a way that it heightens the faith in Buddhism. When taking the various performances and rituals as a whole, it depicts that a cultural and religious unity and identity exist in the Dalada Perahera.