Pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic
The Kandy Esala Perahera is an annual religious and cultural extravaganza in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is an enchanting cultural spectacle deeply rooted in tradition, history, and spirituality, rendering it one of Sri Lanka’s most enthralling festivals.
Annually, this Festival of Lights spans over ten nights, each pulsating with energy. It entices throngs of devotees and globetrotters alike, drawing them to the dazzling pageantry and rich cultural celebrations that pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.
This festival comes alive on the night of Esala Full Moon Poya, which typically falls in the month of July or August.
The procession is a mesmerizing spectacle, featuring elaborately adorned elephants, graceful dancers, talented musicians, and a myriad of traditional performers bedecked in resplendent costumes. They traverse the picturesque streets of Kandy, painting a vivid tapestry of Sri Lanka’s rich culture and heritage.
The pinnacle of this festival is the revered relic casket, carried through the city atop a majestic elephant. Inside is believed to rest the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. People from around the globe gather in Kandy to partake in this awe-inspiring display of lights, sounds, and vibrant colors, making it an unforgettable experience.
Established in 1949, the SOS Children Village Foundation stands as the world’s largest non-profit organization committed to nurturing orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children. Their multifaceted approach, spanning family support, medical care, education, and emergency assistance, positively impacts the lives of countless children and families.
Ceylon Roots is devoted to bolstering this cause by sponsoring the education and well-being of 10 children each month. Our aspiration is to progressively increase the number of sponsored children while also offering valuable exposure to those youngsters aspiring to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
Embracing our rich cultural heritage and the profound influence of Buddhism on Sri Lanka’s cultural fabric, Ceylon Roots proudly presents the ‘Buddhist Roots’ project.
The island’s connection to the teachings of The Buddha has shaped it’s identity and inspired the creation of temples and statues that embody our faith. However, the passage of time has left some of these rural temples in neglected states, depriving them of the rightful care they merit.
With unwavering dedication, we have undertaken a vital commitment to revive and sustain temples island-wide. Through providing essential support for upkeep, nourishment, and sustainable living conditions, the aim of the Buddhist Roots project is to help ensure the lasting prosperity of these sacred sites.
By joining hands with us, you are not only contributing to their well-being, but also getting the chance to explore these sites and personally experience the rich authenticity of Sri Lankan Buddhism.
In a dynamic effort to combat deforestation and bolster environmental conservation, we proudly present to you, the ‘Brown Roots’ Project, launched on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2017, undertaken in collaboration with Browns Tours. Working closely with relevant authorities and organizations, including Sri Lanka Forest Reserves, we stand united in preserving and enriching the beauty of our island home for generations to come.
As part of our unwavering dedication, we have pledged to plant a tree for every traveler who embarks on a journey with us, and since its inception, the ‘Brown Roots’ project has already seen the planting of over 3000 trees in the central province of Sri Lanka by the end of 2018.
Our resolve remains resolute, and with your invaluable support, we endeavour to further elevate this number in the years ahead. Join us in nurturing the very roots of nature’s grandeur.