The 47th annual Esala Festival of the historic Sri Devol Maha Devalaya, Seenigama will commence on July 31 with the "Kap Situweema" ceremony. Before commencement of the Perahera an all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held on August 30 followed by a Sanghika dana to the Maha Sangha.
The 'International Film Festival of Colombo' (IFFCOLOMBO), organized by the Film Directors Guild of Sri Lanka in association with the 'Okinawa International Movie Festival' in Japan will be held from 2 to 7 September in Colombo. This is the first time an international film festival is planned to be held in Sri Lanka to offer a great international cinema experience to Sri Lankan film enthusiasts.
The historic Esala Perahera in Kandy, the world’s oldest, religious and cultural pageant will begin on July 27 with the traditional installation of Kapa (Kap-Situweema) at the four Devales located around the Sri Dalada Maligawa. It is held annually at Kandy and beginning with the full moon poya day on the Buddhist month of Esala (July or August).
On Thursday (24) at a selection committee meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket, the National Selectors has nominated Asela Gunaratne to replace Kusal Janith Perera who has been injured in the ongoing Sri Lanka 'A' tour of England.
Sri Lanka Cricket announced selection of following squad for Asian Games 2014 by the National Selectors at a Selection Committee meeting held on Wednesday (23). SLC informs that the approval of the Sports Minister has been obtained for same.