Sunday, February 12, 2012

Perahera





 

Perahera is a pageant that takes place in the streets organized by various Buddhist temples. It is a very colorful event with more than 3000 cultural and local dancers performing and dancing wearing colorful costumes. I have just featured a few as I could not get many pictures as there were so many people around. To have a glimpse of this event, normally people go early and find a place to sit and wait for hours. The wait is forever but for some it is a very worthwhile wait. As for me I am not sure as you will learn why later in my post. This year I decided to take my kids and therefore, I invited other friends with kids to come watch it as we had VIP passes. However, we took it for granted as we had passes that our seats will be spared and an ended up going a little late. Well what do you think? Our seats were taken by others and not anyone would budge from their seats. Therefore, we had to be happy with some stools that were kept on either side of the road. This pageant takes place in the night and takes about 3 hours to complete so you have to be well prepared with water and snacks if you have not eaten. For as you get up your place is been taken by someone so you can’t move from your seat after you sit.

The significance of this pageant is that Lord Buddha’s relics are taken by a huge elephant clad in large embroidered fabric and lights in the streets. It is very colorful even enjoyed by many. Just to get the facts right it is never said in Buddhism that this should be done but it has become a cultural pageant now that has been happening for years and years. This pageant had a total of about 50 elephants dressed up and walking down the streets. Now this is my personal opinion and what I think of the whole pageant. I love the dances and the different costumes and everything else. But what I hate is to see elephants harassed in these attire that they are been dressed in and getting them to walk the streets. It is really a sad thing in my eyes though people come in thousands to see this. Elephant is a wild animal that has to be kept in the wild I think. I even saw tears down couple of elephants’ eyes. Their legs are being chained tight so they can’t run. It is a painful walk and I feel very sad every time I see this. This was one reason I stopped going to see a perahera. It is after about 25 years that I went to see one. I hope one day the world animal rights will point this out and bring to the notice of the relevant authorities and these pageants will take place minus the poor elephants.






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46 comments:

  1. Truly amazing as always. But i am feeling bad for elephants. We, sometimes forget dat animals have feeling too, just like us.

    Otherwise, its full of colour and very traditional :)

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  2. Was that a fire on top of the elephant? WOW that doesn't look safe :o(

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    1. No it is not fire. They are lights.

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  3. Thank you for posting these great photos!

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  4. One of the reasons I love your blog, PAPS, is that I get to visit other countries and learn about other cultures. I'm sad for the elephants, but I'm very glad that you sympathize with them.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. Congratulations on he award! This is really an awesome pagaentry affair and the costumes are so ornate and stunning!

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  6. Elephants are made to walk on the tarred road, which would be burning in the morning, there are also many cases reported on hit and runs....I completely agree with you..these majestic animals should be allowed to graze free in the wilds...

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  9. Wow, all of these photos are gorgeous. It looks amazing. I have stopped going to circuses and things like that because of the cruelty to animals. You make a very good point about the Elephants!

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  10. It's a beautiful ceremony, but I am not liking what's happening with the elephants :( You are right! It's definitely a form of cruelty! Congratulations on your award PAPS and I'll definitely take that one. HaHa It's irresistibly sweet! :D
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  11. Those pictures are gorgeous, but yes, I find it cruel as well to see the elephants like that. :( Congrats on the blog award and thanks so much for visiting my blog! <3

    toni

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  15. How festive! I wonder what the elephants thought of the event;-)

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