This is a festival, not a place. The Perahera festival in Kandy, Sri
Lanka is truly unique. Please bear with me as I recall what I can, as I was in
Junior High when we lived there.
Notice the torches being carried. Because, dark.
...Also, the parade takes place at night, so the pictures from my cheap camera of the time are kind of bad.
It’s a religious festival, but blends both Hindu and Buddhist elements.
Technically, I suppose, it’s a celebration of the various shrines in the city
of Kandy – there are many, from both religions.
The Sacred Buddha's Tooth
Kandy is home to a large
Buddhist temple, wherein resides the sacred relic of Buddha’s tooth.
Substantial tusks for an Asian Elephant.
During the climactic moment of the huge Perahera parade, on – I believe
– the final night of this multi-day festival, the Shrine of the Tooth (most
likely a replica) is carried along the parade route on a brilliantly decorated
(Not all Asian elephants have tusks. I’m not sure what the criteria are
for one to become a Tusker, but he certainly has grand tusks!)
The parade begins at sunset, with drums.
Oh, and they're dancing.
Lots of drums.
Not like a
marching band drum-line, but tribal drums.
Individual drums, each carried by
its own drummer.
I think the drummers were also interspersed between the other elements
of the parade, like marching bands break up the floats in an American parade.
Only instead of floats there were more daring elements.
Like fire-breathers, apparently.
And religious leaders instead of "Grand Marshals".
One part that freaked me out were the religious-devout (Hindu, I think)
dancing through the street with hooks in their back, that another person was tugging on via cords. I believe that they are in some kind of a trance when they do that. But don't quote me.
Moral of the Story: Go watch a parade once in a while - you never know what you may see!