Elephant festival is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in the month of November. This Buddhist festival is more popular amongst Thai Buddhists. This festivity is a way of paying tribute to one of the most loved animals in Buddhism, elephant. The celebration of this festival is steeped in legends.
The Kandy Esala Perahera (the Esala procession of Kandy) is a grand festival celebrated with elegant costumes and is held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawain Kandy. A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments.