Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera 2016
The Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
will be held from 20-22 January. The historic Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera
had its origins in 1927, largely due to the efforts of philanthropist
Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helana Wijewardene Lamathani. The
perahera will commence with the handing over of the relic casket to
Chief Basnayake Nilame, Dhammika Attygalle by the Viharadhipathi, Ven.
Prof. Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkita Nayake Thera.
This time the Perahera is organised under the guidance of the
President of the Dayaka Sabha, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The
Perahera will commence at 8 p.m. This year too a special effort is being
made to focus on tourists eager to acquaint themselves with the majesty
and splendour of Sri Lanka's cultural facets such as this historic
perahera. There will be a special enclosure for tourists to view the
perahera in association with Sri Lanka Tourist Board.