Elephant pageant

A Sri Lankan dancer prepares to perform on the opening night of the annual Perahera festival of the historic Kelaniya Buddhist Temple in Kelaniya. Hundreds of devotees and onlookers gathered for the annual elephant pageant, held on the night before the full moon day in January, to commemorate the visit of Lord Buddha to the temple. Dozens of colourful traditional dancers, drummers, whip crackers, fire eaters, musicians and devotees take part in the pageant that parades through the main streets of Kelaniya.

( Getty Images / January 8, 2012 )

A Sri Lankan dancer prepares to perform on the opening night of the annual Perahera festival of the historic Kelaniya Buddhist Temple in Kelaniya. Hundreds of devotees and onlookers gathered for the annual elephant pageant, held on the night before the full moon day in January, to commemorate the visit of Lord Buddha to the temple. Dozens of colourful traditional dancers, drummers, whip crackers, fire eaters, musicians and devotees take part in the pageant that parades through the main streets of Kelaniya.

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