Can anyone confirm an email received today from a travel company, which, amongst other things, advises that the Kandy Perahera Festival is from 15th to 24th August 2010.
It also gives some background information as:
The Kandy Perahera Festival is held over a period of 10 days during July/August. The exact dates are calculated by the Temple of Authorities according to the lunar movements, and are sometimes not known until April. Originally the festival was held following the harvest period, as a Thanksgiving to Lord Buddah and other deities for helping the people of Sri Lanka to harvest with no problems. Over the years the festival became more religious, and over the course of the festival, with each passing day, the level and beauty of the Perahera (Pageant) increases, the final night being the most beautiful. During the festival, many elephants and hundreds of dancers parade the streets of Kandy. The replica of the Tooth Relic is also taken in procession on top of the leading elephant who is decorated and illuminated heavily, and accompanied by other elephants. They walk on a white cloth laid in respect. In addition to the elephants and dancers, other attractions will be whip crackers, flag bearers, torch bearers and stilt walkers. Thousands of people - local and tourists, will line the streets to witness this colourful Kandy Perahera Festival.