the glenrock Event Calendar

January

Thai Pongal
Galle Literary Festival Thai Pongal is a harvest festival that is celebrated on a grand scale by the Tamils in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and also in Sri Lanka. The festival of Pongal falls on the same day as Makara Sankranthi which is observed throughout India. The word ‘Pongal’ in Tamil means ‘to boil over’and the milk boiling over from the clay pot is symbolic of abundance and prosperity for the household.Thai Pongal celebrations traditionally last for four days and is an important Hindu festival of India. Thai Pongal is a four-day festival which according to the Gregorian calendar is normally celebrated from January 13 to January 16, but sometimes it is celebrated from January 14 to January 17
Duruthu Perahera
Duruthu Perahera Situated six miles from Colombo, besides the Kelani River, stands the ancient Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya with a history that dates back nearly 2,563.  According to the Mahavamsa, Lord Buddha stopped at this ancient temple during a visit to Sri Lanka in 523 BC where he was invited to preach at the invitation of the king. on the full moon day of January, the Duruthu Perahera is held displaying the ancient traditions, cultural heritage, traditional folklore, folk music and the rhythmic dance forms and drum beats, which have developed throughout the ages around Buddhism and Buddhist practices in the island.
Kala Pola
Kala Pola A much looked forward to annual event in Colombo’s art calendar is the Kala Pola meaning 'art fair'. Initiated by the George Keyt Foundation and John Keells in 1992, the Kala Pola provides an `open air gallery’ for hundreds of talented artists from across the island to display and sell their works of art – an opportunity they would ordinarily not be able to afford with their own resources. As in the previous years, this year’s Kala Pola was a treat for your senses – an explosion of colour with local sculptors and artists from across the country displaying their creative talents while Colombo residents combed the Green Path in search of interesting pieces of art for their homes.
Whale Watching in Mirissa
Kala Pola Whale spotting is an adventurous experience, possible at this time of the year & goes till April, in the off shore of the Southern

February

Donald Steele Golf Tournament
Donald Steele Golf Tournament In the Kandyan capital, the much awaited Donald Steele Golf Tournament is held in February in the picturesque Victoria Golf and Country Resort.
Navam Perehara
Navam Perehara More excitement is unveiled on the streets of Colombo in February with the Navam Perehara that takes place on full-moon day. A treat for children and adults alike, this perehara show cases all the traditional dance forms including mask dancers, Kandyan and Kavadi dancers, drummers and glittering elephants. A number of elephants from various parts of the country make the long journey to Colombo along with their mahouts for this event.

March

Wild Elephant Trail - 4th-11th March 2016
School cricket in Sri Lanka Covering an exciting trail of Sri Lanka's primary archaeological and cultural sites as well as lesser known locations, the second edition of the Wild Elephant Trail will provide an opportunity for runners from all over the world to experience Sri Lanka with an adventurous spirit and explore the beauty of this tropical paradise among the natural surroundings of rural villages and wild life. The race is designed for all types of runners, from absolute beginners to experienced amateurs and professionals. The 210 Kilometeres, 6 stage race is designed to end after 1860 steps to the top of the World heritage site, the Sigiriya Rock. For more information: www.global-limits.com/the-wild-elephant-trail.html

April

Sinhala & Hindu New Year Festival
Sinhale & Hindu New Year Festival Sinhala and Hindu New Year, one of the most celebrated festivals, symbolizing prosperity and ethnic harmony in the country, is the time of joy and renewal for Sinhala and Tamil population in Sri Lanka. April 13th marks the journey of the Sun from Meena to Mesha (from Pisces to Aries) in the Zodiac advocating the dawn of a new year for Sri Lankansaccording to the Sinhala calendar.The New year vibe spreads all over the island since the beginning of the month of April although celebrated on 13th and 14th of April. New year festivals are held around the island throughout the month, comprising of different traditional games where both children and adults take part in to cherish this joyful period of the year.
April Season in Nuwera Eliye
April Season in Nuwera Eliye The annual New Year Season in NuwaraEliya, known as “SalalihiniWasanthaya”, which attracts an annual crowd of over 200,000 people during the April Season, is to be held this year also with great festivity throughout the month of April. The festival is full of special events like Annual Flower Show, Motor Races, Mud challenge, special water sports, Healthy Baby Competition, Horse Races, carnivals and many other fun-filled activities. The annual flower show is scheduled to be held on 23rd and 24th April, concluding with the prize giving, awarding the best flower growers in the area. Several motor sports have been organized to be held during the season, such as Mahagasthota Speed Hill Climb scheduled on 9th and 10th of April, Road races on 16th, Motor Cross and Jeep Races from 15th to 21st. Many other sports tournaments such as cricket carnival and badminton tournament have also been organized, to give more excitement to the tourists.

May

Vesak Celebration
Vesak Celebration Full-moon Poya day in May, Buddhists all over the world venerate the life of Lord Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and passing away. Homes, villages and cities in Sri Lanka are lit up in serene splendor with oil lamps, intricate handmade lanterns, and colorful Pandals depicting the life story of Lord Buddha are erected across the island.
Surfing Season in Arugambay
Surfing Season in Arugambe May is also the beginning of the surfing period in Arugam Bay in the southeast, listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world. Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for holiday.
Beginning of the East coasts Beach Holiday Season
Beginning of the East coasts Beach Holiday Season Sri Lanka’s undiscovered, the turquoise seas of the East & North east coasts :Trincomalee & Uppaweli ,Kalkudha & Pasikudha and Arugambe, are perfect at this time for a beach holiday .The season goes up to October and for Snorkeling and Diving the blue East coasts are ideal. Whale & dolphin spotting excursions are also organized along the coast.
Kite Surfing Season in Kalpitiye
Kite Surfing Season in Kalpitiye Kalpitiye, south west of Sri Lanka, has been identified as one of the best in the world for the Kite Surfing due to its unique wind condition .The season runs from May till September in Kalpitiye area.

June

Poson Celebration
Poson Celebration During the full-moon poya day of June, Buddhists celebrate Poson when the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda, is remembered. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees flock to Buddhist shrines across the country to pay homage to the Buddha, Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) and the Sangha (the Buddhist monks). Mihintale where Buddhism originated on the island in 247 BC is takes on a serene air during this period with thousands of pilgrims lighting incense and oil lamps in honour of Buddha.
International surfing championships
Surfing Season in Arugambe June is also the height of the surfing period in Arugam Bay when international surfing championships are held.

July

Elephant Gathering at Minneriye
Elephant Gathering at Minnariye During the dry season from July to October, water becomes scares in the north central province and wild elephants from all around migrate to Minneriya National Park’s large Minneriya reservoir. Coined as ‘The Gathering’, herds of over 300 elephants can be seen by the Minneriya water tank.
Main Shrine Festival of Kataragame
Main Shrine Festival of Kataragame The sacred shrine of Kataragama comes alive during the month of July when the Processing is held for two weeks in honour of God Skandha, the warrior god of Kataragama. The perehara depicts Hindu folklore, music and dance forms, as well as fire walking in sacrifice and devotion to God Kataragama.

August

Kandy Perehara / Procession
Kandy Perehara/Procession During the month of August, Kandy dazzles for two weeks with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy. This ritual, which has been taking place for hundreds of years, is an experience of a lifetime.
Bellanwila Perehara / Procession
Bellanwila Perehara/Procession Colombo’s Bellanwila temple also holds its annual perehera which is also a colorful procession of the island.
Hikkaduwa Beach Fest
Hikkaduwa beach fest The annual Hikkaduwa beach fest will take place in August. Organised by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, this festival draws large crowds from Colombo and overseas. The three day event starts off with a drumming festival followed by beach parties and other side events. Flags fluttering, music blasting, thousands walking about in their flip flops and beach shorts, all weekend long Rave parties, jazz sessions on the beach, and the fabulous Hikka drummers – a weekend of revelry for the young at heart.

September

Colombo Marathon
Colombo Marathon The annual Colombo Marathon is organised by the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races in association with Lanka Sportreizen and the Ministry of Tourism. First started in 1998, this annual event sees many participants from Sri Lanka and overseas.
Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic in Kandy
Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic in Kandy The beautiful Victoria Golf & Country Resort’s accolades speak for themselves: ‘Best Course in Asia 2005’ Asian Golf monthly ranked in ‘Top 100 Most Beautiful courses in the World,’ by Golfers Digest. Set in the spectacular Kandyan hill country, this Donald Steel designed course is a true test of all your golfing ability. The much anticipated annual Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic is held in October at this picturesque golf course.
Annaiwilundawa Migratory birds
Annaiwilundawa Migratory birds Annaiwilundawa meaning ‘seven wetlands or tanks’ in the local Tamil language, refers to a cluster of freshwater tanks within the sanctuary. This is a very important wetland for many resident and migratory birds. The best time to visit Annaiwilundawa is during the months from October to April when numerous species of birds can be spotted. These wetlands are also important nesting sites for water birds such as the Asian Open-bills, Painted Storks, all specie of Egrets, Little Indian & the endangered Great Cormorants, Spot-billed Pelican and Black-headed Ibis. This wetland sanctuary is also excellent for butterfly and dragonfly watching.

October

Aluthnuwara Cultural Dance Procession
Athulnuwara Perehara The annual cultural dance procession, featuring traditional dance and music, and decorated elephants takes place in October. All cultural customs are performed during this period in the service of the shrine and concluded with the water cutting ceremony on the last day of the parade.
According to records, Aluthnuwara Shrine’s history dates back to 1382 A.D (Gampola Era). It still has the ancient shrine, the Stupa, ancient Bo-tree, Kataragama Shrine, Paththini Shrine, Moonstone, Old stone pillars, a 600 years old wooden arch and stone arch and ruins. The shrine is situated about 8km from the glenrock.
Procession starts on 12th October and concludes on 17th October (Water Cutting Ceremony) on the Colombo- Badulla main road Fire-walking ceremony: 15th October
The venue is only 9 km from the glenrock Hotel

November

World Spice Festival in Colombo
World Spice Festival in Colombo Sponsored by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the sixth annual World Food & Spice Festival will be held in Colombo in November this year. Colombo’s leading hotels and restaurants come together for a week long celebration of cuisine from different parts of the world. Participating hotels and restaurants include the Cinnamon Grand, Taj Samudra, Galle Face Hotel, Hilton Colombo, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Regina Magharita, Nihon Bashi, Mango Tree and Raja Bojun to name a few. World class chefs are flown in for this event.
Sri Lanka Design Festival
Sri Lanka Design Festival

From one of the world’s largest and most ecologically friendly apparel manufacturing industries, to the growing design and craft based sectors, Sri Lanka is a land of possibilities for those in creative businesses. SLDF brings together all these industries, their creativity, manufacturing capabilities and potential, on a global platform with open doors to endless networking and business-to-business opportunities.

http://www.srilankadesignfestival.com/

Hot Air ballooning in the Cultural Triangle
Hot Air ballooning in the Cultural Triangle Soar high above Kandalama, the ancient Dambulla rock temple and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and spot wild elephants and water buffalo as you fly over untouched wilderness. Ballooning trips are now offered daily throughout the season from November to April when the winds are light and the sky at its bluest.
Beginning of Whale and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya & Mirissa
Beginning of Whale and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya & Mirissa The south of Sri Lanka beyond Dondra Head is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins. The North West coast off Kalpitiya is also ideal for spotting pods of Spinner Dolphins and whales. Boat excursions into the deep seas are possible during the season from December to April when the seas are calm in these areas. During this time, large pods of Dolphins, sometimes in their hundreds can be seen just a few miles off the coast. These Dolphins often swim along side the boats and frolic in the seas - a thrilling site for children and adults alike. Whale watching excursions in the deep seas can take upto three hours. Several private watersports companies including Mirissa Water Sports and Alankuda Beach, offers whale and dolphin watching excursions.
Beginning of migrant bird’s season
Beginning of migrant bird’s season Sri Lanka is a birder's delight. Its tropical climate and relative isolation is responsible for the amazingly diverse bird life that attracts more than 490 species. Almost 111 migrant species descend on the country having flown south for the winter. Some, like the sandpipers and plovers, come from as far north as the arctic tundra. The migrant season starts in November and continues on till March. Whether bird watching is your passion, or you merely fancy a dabble, pick up a pair of binoculars, a guidebook and a notepad and join us in this birdwatcher’s paradise.
White water rafting season in Kitulgala
White water rafting season in Kitulgala Experience the thrills and spills of an exciting rafting adventure in a jungle paradise. The rafting trip mixes the excitement of the rapids with calm sections that meander through the jungle-clad mountains, tea and rubber plantations of the Kandyan hill-country. In one section all you can hear is the pounding water rushing through the rapids and in the next, only the chirping birds break the silence. The scenery is breathtaking. November to April is the best season for this activity.
Yala's leopards
Yala’s leopards The best time of year to spot Yala’s leopard cubs is from November to December. This endangered leopard subspecies - Panthera Pardus Kotiya is only found in Sri Lanka and is difficult to spot. The Yala National Park situated in the south east corner of the island, is also home to sloth bear, wild elephants, sambar, deer, crocodiles and numerous species of birds.

December

Adam's Peak climbing season begins
Adam’s Peak climbing season begins Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the Christians. During the climbing season from December to April, thousands of devotees from many faiths make the pilgrimage to the peak of this 2,234 meter mountain. Young and old give courage to each other and recite traditional stanzas while climbing to the peak. The climb is best attempted at night where you reach the mountain top to see the sunrise and the awe-inspiring view from the top.
Christmas
Christmas Christmas is celebrated in true Sri Lankan style with festivities starting weeks ahead with all the hotels and shops in Colombo decked out for the holidays. Special Christmas services are held in churches and small chapels across the country. Colombo usually takes a week long holiday beginning from Christmas Eve up until New Year’s Day on January 1st.

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