Where to celebrate full-moon in Sri Lanka?

Festival | History | Full Moon in January | Ancient Texts | Adam’s Peak

In this article aims to highlight some of the annual festivals happening today in different places of this Island Sri Lanka, where holidaymakers from around the world can be experience even in short holidays throughout the year.

Full moon in Sri Lanka celebrated Island-wide in many means connecting folklores, ancient texts, culture, religious and spiritual festivals with contemporary society. Even in today the full moon celebrations in Buddhist society practiced without intake alcohol and eat meats. Moreso, Selling alcohol prohibited by law and you can see closed meat shops. Somehow, it is not a difficult task to find some delicacies in all major cities.


Celebrate in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.

Duruthu Poya, Full Moon in January, celebrated with a spectacular procession (perahera) at the Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, a one of the small outskirt towns in Colombo. In 2500 years ago on this day that the Gauthama Buddha hallowed this ground on his first visit to Sri Lanka. According to the local ancient books, Mahavansa (The Great Tales) and Dipavansa (The tales of an Island) Gauthama Buddha visited to ensure an end of the war between two brothers of Naga tribe who controlled naval business and settled in Kalaniya. The annual festival involve with traditional drummers, dancers, elephants dressed with costumes and the spectators from the region.

Celebrate from above the clouds.

From the above incident people were impressed by Gauthama Buddha’s way of explanation the principles of nature “Damma” and became disciples, the followers. According to the ancient books mentioned above, god Saman who’s impressed by the incidence invited the Buddha to leave his sacred footprint on the peak of the Samanala Mountain. January full moon marking the start of three months pilgrimage season to Mount Samanala in order to worship the Buddha’s’ footprint. The impression of the footprint is sacred to other religions. In the Hindu tradition, it thought to be the footprint of Shiva and some Christians think it is the footprint of Adam, which is why the mountain is also called 'Adam's Peak'.