The procession is a huge festival and is held annually in July or August on the Full Moon Poya Day according to the Hindu calendar. The festival is all about decorated elephants, traditional dances, including the fire-dances and the whip-dances, and food of course. Typically for Esala celebrations, the festival ends with a water-cutting ceremony (also called diya-kepeema ritual), where people literary cut the water to pray for good harvests.
August 17–27, 2018
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