The Gangaramaya Navam Perahera ,the first perahera was in 1979, held with the few traditional artistes who could be assembled. Today the Perehera takes place for two days. The main portion of the festival is the parade of the Sacred Relic Casket on the elaborately adorned main tusker (elephant) of the parade. It is a fascinating show replete with whip crackers, fire dancers, flag bearers, hundreds of beautifully caparisoned elephants, traditional Uda Rata, Pahatha Rata and Sabaragamuwa dancers, drummers and flutists. A unique feature of the perahera from its start was the procession of bhikkus.
Dates: 28th February & 1st of March 2018