Kandy Perahera 2011

What do you get when you combine 109 brightly lit elephants, torch bearers, whip crackers, stilt walkers, sword wielders, horn blowers, maypole dancers, fire twirlers, drum beaters, portly princes and a sacred tooth?

The 2011 Kandy Perahera, which brought a record number of visitors to the hill country of Sri Lanka. The procession began at an auspicious time on the evening of August 13 and continued for approximately four hours.

Preparing the elephants' costumes

Bathing the elephants in preparation

Standard bearers led the way

There were red elephants.....

Blue elephants....

White elephants....

Elephant riders survey the crowd

Finally a replica of the sacred Buddha tooth goes by

A pretty festival goer smiles for the camera

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One Response to Kandy Perahera 2011

  1. Kaaren Powers says:

    Your beautiful pictures certainly captured the excitement of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka and brought back wonderful memories!
    Kaaren

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