I was extremely delighted to see the new costumes decorating the elephants participating in this year’s Kumbal Perahara. The attire is brilliantly designed to expose the dignified features of the walking elephant.
The “Gajaga Vannama” enacts movements. The new attire, in the selection of the colours and Sinhalese decorative elements, does justice to the rhythmic gait and Natural features of the elephant.
The rainy season commenced three months ago with Esala – ‘Vassana Kalo’. It comes to an end with the Vap Poya. The ‘Katina’ season ushers in the Buddhist calendar with Vap, which is popularly known as ‘Cheevara Masaya’.
This year, Vap Full Moon Poya falls on Wednesday, October 8 (today).
Vap Poya marks the offering of the ‘Katina Cheevara’ or new robes to Buddhist monks, who observed ‘Vas’ – Rainy Retreat, beginning from Esala to Vap.