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Religious Activities in Sri Lanka

            Sri Lanka is a highly religious country and there are more than four religions in Sri Lanka. Most of the Sri Lankan population are Buddhists and rest follow Christianity, Islamism, and Hinduism. In Sri Lankan freedom for religion is protected under law.

            Since there are more than four religions there are many festivals and events related to those religions. However, Buddhism is given the priority in the country, so that there are many Buddhist festivals in the country. Other than that Sri Lankans also celebrate Christmas, Ramazan, and Thi Pongal as well. So Sri Lankan can be named as a country where all the religious groups live in harmony.

Kandy Esala Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera which is also known as the The Festival of the Toot is held annually in the Kandy city around the Temple of Tooth pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. It is one of the biggest Buddhist festivals in the country.

It falls on the Esala full moon poya day of every year. (In July). Many local and foreign visitors come to Sri Lanka in order to see the perahera.

Vesak Festival

Vesak festival which is known as the Buddha Jayanthiya is the most important festival or Buddhists all over the world. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha. 

This festival is in the month of May and each and every house is decorated and all the streets in the country are decorated. Apart from that people organize Vesak zones and dansala(a free give away of food to a large number of people) too.

Adam's Peak

Adam's Peak is a sacred mountain located in Sri Lanka and tales say that it is important for all the religions. There is a footprint on the top of the mountain. Buddhists say that it is the foot print of Lord Buddha while the other religions say that it is the foot print of their leaders.

Somehow many local and foreign vistors visit Adam's Peak. The best time to visit place is from December to May.

Divali Celebration

Divali, Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance"

In Sri Lanka a considerable amount of Hindus live and Divali is celebrated in large scale.

Kataragama Festival

Kataragama is another sacred city in Sri Lanka. It is belived that Kataragama is ruled by a mighty God. There is a huge devale to worship that God. Every year a perahera is organized by the devala and many religious events are held before the perahera. 

Many of them are really amazing and some are unbelievable. This festival is held at July and August every year.

Ramazan Festival

Ramazan is an Islamic festival and it is the celebration of breaking the month long fast observed by all Muslims.

During this season Muslim families share food like watalappam with their neighbors. It is really interesting and all most all the Sri Lankans celebrate Ramazan in harmony.

Christmas

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

In Sri Lanka also Christians as well as people in other religions celebrate this festival. All the major cities are decorated with Christmas decorations and people engage in Christmas activities.