The birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha is celebrated across Colombo (and Sri Lanka), but the festivities around Gangaramaya Temple and South Beira Lake are mind-blowing. Huge eruptions of coloured light displa…
Held on the February poya and led by 50 elephants; it starts from Gangaramaya Temple and is held around Viharamahadevi Park and South Beira Lake.
During the Vel, the gilded chariot of Murugan (Skanda), the Hindu war god, is ceremonially hauled from the Kathiresan kovil (temple) to a kovil at Bambalapitiya.
Held at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara on the January poya (full moon).
During this harvest festival devotees flock to Hindu temples such as Sri Muthumariamman Kovil and Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil, which become even more colourful and lively.
Colombo's nascent jazz festival is well-funded and attracting big names. It's held at the Galle Face Hotel.