When I was making a post about Gay parade in Kathmandu, which reminded me so much of a carnival, I remembered suddenly that doing series of posts about Sri Lankan costumes I also wanted to show you what the Sri Lankans wear during their local street carnival called perahera but somehow I forgot about it. Well, doing this today. We accidentally bumped into the perahera procession on our way to Galle. It delayed our journey for a couple of hours but man! wan't it worth it! I enjoyed the show greatly. As any carnival the Sri Lankan perahera is a mixture of music, dancing and people dressed in amazing costumes. That was a spectacular sight and of course the most enjoyable for me was watching those bright, colourful and often unusual in design costumes.
By the way, the perahera is actually a religious procession. They are staged around the country at regular intervals during a year and are dedicated to different gods and regional deities. Main purpose of any perahera is either to invoke their blessings or to give thanks to them for favours received.
If you haven't read my previous Sri Lanka themed posts you can check them out now (especially I recommend the one about the wedding costume, it is amazingly beautiful)