Sri Lanka

World Festivals
2:41 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

World Celebrations: Tooth Festival

A photograph of the Esala Perehera festival, taken around 1885.
Scowen & Co Wikimedia Commons

Esala Perahera (The Festival of the Tooth) begins on August 7, 2013 and runs for 10 days. The titular tooth apparently belongs to The Buddha and was purloined from his cremated remains. It was smuggled in to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, by Princess Hemamala, and kept by King Rajasinghe. The king decreed that the Tooth would be taken in procession for the masses to venerate. After Britain invaded, the Tooth was handed over to the Buddhist clergy for safekeeping.

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