Kandy — The Sacred City of Sri Lanka
Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show
Located in the Central Province, Kandy is the second largest city after Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is known to be a sacred city due to the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site. It was also the last capital of the Sinhala Kingdom until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. Beyond its cultural treasures, the city is also a hub for various industries. Local gemstones, furniture, jewelry, and textiles form a significant part of the city’s economic landscape. These industries showcase the artisans’ remarkable craftsmanship and offer visitors a chance to acquire unique souvenirs. In essence, the city offers more than just a glimpse into its past; it’s a living, breathing testament to the enduring traditions and customs of Sri Lanka.
Kandy, a Gem of Many Facets
The primary reason for us to Kandy was undoubtedly the spectacular Esala Perahera, also known as the Festival of the Tooth. This grand celebration pays homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. It is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. To avoid the bustling crowds on the festival day, I arrived a day earlier with my wife and two kids. Our decision to explore the rich cultural tapestry of Kandy led us to the Kandyan Cultural Center, where they host their renowned dance and drum show. This experience is perfect for those who relish learning about diverse traditions. While it might not cater to every taste, for us, it was a vibrant display of Sri Lankan culture.
Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show
The Kandyan Cultural Center offers a unique insight into Sri Lanka’s vibrant heritage. Their dance and drum show, the first of its kind in the country, brings together an array of traditional dances. Approximately 12 distinct dances are showcased, including the mesmerizing Fire Walk.
The Kandy Lake Club Cultural Dance Show is a sensory feast, featuring spirited dancers and talented drummers donned in elaborate, eye-catching costumes. The performers present a diverse array of traditional dances, each with its own unique story and significance. The show’s timing, just before the Esala Perahera, granted us valuable context, enabling us to better appreciate the festival’s grandeur.
The cultural dances on display encompass a myriad of stories and emotions. They represent the unique blend of Sri Lankan traditions, customs, beliefs, and practices that have been passed down from generation to generation, shaping the identity and character of the community. From the graceful Kandyan dance to the spirited Sabaragamuwa, each performance is a window into Sri Lankan culture. The fiery and daring Fire Walk, which forms part of the show, epitomizes the fearless spirit of the local people.
The performers present a diverse array of traditional dances, each with its own unique story and significance.
A Colorful Glimpse into Sri Lankan Culture
The cultural dances represent the unique blend of Sri Lankan traditions, customs, beliefs, and practices that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Firewalking has its roots in the legendary tale of Rama and Sitha Ravana.
The Indian princess Sita was abducted by the King of Ceylon but was later rescued by her husband Rama. During her captivity, Sita demonstrated her purity by walking unharmed on burning embers. Devotees who participate in fire-walking seek the blessings of Lord Kataragama and goddess Pattini before performing this sacred act.
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