Kandy Poya Day Dancers

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My visit to Kandy in Sri Lanka coincided with a Poya Day – a full moon day, which is always a public holiday in Sri Lanka and they are used to commemorate important Buddhist events.  This meant that there were hundreds of people singing, dancing, and playing music in the streets, in a procession starting from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.  These men were doing a traditional dance, accompanied by drummers (in the background).

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Birgufest

Birgufest

Every year, the ancient Maltese city of Birgu hosts Birgufest.  Amongst other activities, the local residents light thousands of candles and place them along the narrow paved alleys.

Poya Day – Kandy

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Drummers and dancers at a Poya Day (Full Moon Day) festival next to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  The Temple of the Sacred Tooth is considered to be one of the most important temples in Sri Lanka, and holds the relic of the tooth of Buddha.  A Poya Day is a Buddhist public holiday held every full moon day in Sri Lanka.  The image above shows drummers and dancers at the Il Poya (November Poya Day).  The festival also feature elephants and other musicians.

Poya Day – Kandy

Poya Day

Drummers at a Poya Day (Full Moon Day) festival next to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  The Temple of the Sacred Tooth is considered to be one of the most important temples in Sri Lanka, and holds the relic of the tooth of Buddha.  A Poya Day is a Buddhist public holiday held every full moon day in Sri Lanka.  The image above shows drummers at the Il Poya (November Poya Day).  The festival also feature dancing, elephants, and other musicians.