The Navam perahera
Location: Gangarama Temple
The Navam perahera which parades the streets along the Gangarama
draws tourists and visitors from across the country.
You will find elephants, dancers and musicians taking to the streets
during this grand parade in Colombo through two nights.
The authorities of the Gangarama temple overlooking the banks of the
picturesque Beira Lake at Hunupitiya in Colombo are the main organisers
of the pageant.
The pageant will host 100 caparisoned elephants parading the show on
the full moon poya day. History has it that the Navam perahera was
initiated in 1979 and hundreds of visitors flock to this temple every
year since then to look at the amazing sight of elephants walking on the
road in their best finery.
It is full of colour, fun and excitement replete with the local
fervour and traditions of music.
Features of the Navam perahera
The Navam perahera includes performances by at least 1000 people
accompanying the parade while dancing, drumming or playing various other
parade of the Navam perahera festival in Colombo begins with the
cracking of whips in the air. Students and small children carry
The perahera is not only a celebration of colour but also a
celebration of sounds and the accompanying music.
It also consists of bands of percussion and groups of people blowing
conch shells. There are stilt-walkers and exciting performances by
flautists and drummers.
" However, one's attention in the Navam perahera festival in Colombo
will be gripped by the pageant of elephants that are brought over from
across the island and parade the perahera route.