Hindu Festivals in Sri Lanka


January

Thai Pongal

Tamil Harvest Festival,
same day as Northern India's Lohri
or Makar Sankranti

February

Maha Shivaratri

holiest night for devotees of Shiva,
important for Tamils in Sri Lanka

March

Shri Rama Navami

Lord Rama's birth,
not as much celebrated in Sri Lanka
as in Northern India

Hanuman Jayanthi

Lord Hanuman's birth,
not as popular in Sri Lanka as in India

Holi

celebrates the onset of spring,
along with fertility of the land,
less boisterous among Tamils

April

Sinhala and Tamil New Year's Eve

biggest celebration of the Buddhist year

Sinhala and Tamil New Year's Day

first day of the Tamil month Chithirai

Ther Chariot festival

at Koneshwaram in Trincomalee,
22 days preparation for New Year

Pattini-Festival

end of Siri Pada pilgrimage season

May

New Moon for New Solar Year

astrology related

June

Pillaiyar Kovil Tirtham

in Mamangam Pillaiyar Kovil
in Batticaloa' downtown (June or July)

July

Mayurapathy Chariot Festival

of Sri Paththirakaali Amman Hindu Temple, Colombo

Vel Festival

Hindu festival in Colombo (July or August),
two white bulls carry an idol of Lord Murukan from Kathiresan Temple in Pettah to Bambalapitiya

Nallur Festival in Jaffna

with 25 days
the island' second longest religious festival

Keerimalai Festival

at Mavittapuram Kandaswamy,
procession with drums
and water-cutting ceremony

Udappu Draupadi Festival

reciting of the Mahabharatha
in Karawa fishermen village
Udappu south of Puttalam

August

Kataragama Festival

Sri Lanka's most spectacular festival
dedicated to a Hindu god

Kandy Perahera

Sri Lanka's most famous procession,
Buddhist Tooth Relic and Hindu Devales

September

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Vinayaka Chavithi,
birthday of Lord Ganesha

Navarathri Festival

nine-days Hindu Festival
(September or October)

Munneshwaram Festival

Sri Lanka's longest temple festival,
taking 4 weeks,
near Chilaw

Vallipuram Temple Festival

at Vallipuram Vishnu temple
on the Jaffna peninsula
(sometimes August)

Selva Sannidhi Temple Festival

14 days on the Jaffna peninsula

October

Diwali

Hindu festival of lights,
celebrating the victory of good
over evil and the return of Rama

November

Adivel Festival

chariot festival in Colombo
in honour of Lord Muruganand his consorts

December

Adam’s Peak Festival

in Dalhousie, Hatton side of Siri Pada,
official opening of Siri pada season
 

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