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    First Kumbal Perahera parades the streets in Kandy today

    August 20, 2015

    The first Kumbal Perahera (procession) of the Esala Festival of the Sri Dalada Maligawa will begin parading the streets at the auspicious time of 6.52 pm today.

    The perahera which will start from the North Western division of the Sri Dalada Maligawa will proceedalong Dalada Veediya, D.S. Senanayake Veediya, Temple Road, Devala Veediya, Colombo Street, Yatinuwara Veediya and Raja Veediya and traditionally enter the Maligawa.


    The Kumbal Perahera starts on the sixth night.  Its is called by that name because the Esala tree is placed in a clay structure resembling a humbaha, or ant-hill , round which the procession goes. It is on the sixth night that the Perahera is seen for the first time outside the Dewales and is joined by the Dalada Maligawa Perahera.


    The Kumbal Perahara is popular and remains as an unfinished procession or a semi procession. The reason is that Nilames do not work in this procession. But the Drummers and Tuskers take part without any ceremonial costumes.


    Kumbal Perahera will parade the streets until the 24th.  The Randoli Perahara which begins on the 25th will go on for five nights and the last night is the grandest of all.The day perahera will be held on the 30th and the festival will come to an end with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony which is held at the Mahaweli River at Getambe, Kandy.

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