The Gangarama Navam Maha Perahera, also known as the Colombo art pageant, will parade the streets today (18) and tomorrow (19).
The 41st Navam Perehera religious festival, which attracts thousands of local devotees and foreigners, is organised under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent of the Hunupitiya Gangarama Temple, Chief Sanga Nayaka of the Colombo Hathkorale and Ven. Galaboda Gnanisara Thera.
A total of about 45 elephants are expected to participate in the perahera which also displays a pageant of fine cultural performances involving hundreds of dancers. The Chief Incumbent of the Mount Lavinia Wimalaramaya, Ven. Dr. Atthudawe Piyarathana Thera and the Principal of the Sri Gnaneswara Pirivena, Ven Doradeniye Wimalakitthi and Parivenadipathi Ven.Thanthirimulle Sarana Thera will perform the religious observances.
The activities associated with this much awaited event are being organised by Ven.Kirinde Assaji Thera and Ven. Palatuwawe Jinaratha Thera under the guidance of Most Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera.(Bingun Menaka Gamage)