In the ancient past Sri Lanka, due to its strategic location at the crossroads between East and West, has been greatly influenced by the different visitors to the country. These visitors brought with them their diverse cultures and customs and with time these got absorbed into the Sri Lankan way of life. Visit in April for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated to give thanks for bountiful harvests and you can try some mouthwatering traditional sweetmeats. In May be assailed by the beautiful and creative lanterns and pandols that adorn homes, buildings and roads, lit to pay homage to the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. Ramadan too is celebrated in style while in December out comes the colourful Christmas decorations.
There are colouful pageants referred to as a perehara that are breathtaking to witness. You will see a procession of traditional dancers, whip-dancers, fire dancers and the majestic elephants carrying sacred Buddhist relics. These are experiences that are never forgotten. Come visit Sri Lanka, the wonder of Asia.