<strong>Today is Vap Poya Day</strong></div>
The month of Vap includes a national holiday in Sri Lanka and it is the Vap Poya Day. </div>
This month happens to be the final month of the rainy season and due to this the preaching activities of Buddhist Monks will be started in full. It is said that Lord Buddha arrived at Sankassa on a Vap Poya Day and this incident occurred seven years after the enlightenment of Lord Buddha.</div>
<p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Development Shrine rooms and Pagodas</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Among the services undertaken by Sri Dalada Maligawa religious and social order services and the contribution made to improve and establish shrine rooms and Pagodas take a leading role.<br />
<p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;">Bringing the Casket to the Gedige Temple</p>
<p>Laying of Cloth Carpets</p>
<p>It is not strange for the artistes and the tuskers to walk on the procession path. But the ceremonial tusker walks on a cloth carpet. Laying of the cloth carpet commence from the Maligawa and it ceases after the casket without the sacred Tooth Relic returns to the temple. This is the only occasion in the world where a ceremonial tusker walks on a cloth carpet.</p>
<p>Fanning yak tails to the sacred Tooth Relic is an honor. As an honor to the casket carrying the sacred Tooth Relic the Chamara Dancers perform in the procession. They fan the Yak tails to a rhythm and the slight breeze it produces brings a pleasant feeling to the spectators.</p>
Coconut Flower is the symbol of prosperity. That is because they decorate the Punkalasa with Coconut flowers. The purpose of the Dalada Perahara is to wish prosperity to the country. To symbolize this, dancers carry coconut flowers in their hands. They perform a simple dance reciting verses changing the coconut flower from hand to hand.
Horanekaruwo (Trumpet Blowers)
Trumpet is a well tuned instrument and is to be mastered. It has been popularized as the sound of Dalada Perahara. The tune Gajaga Wannama is well played right throughout the procession.
Trumpet is made with skills pertaining to generations. It is an essential instrument of the Dalada Procession. White dress red cotton belts and shoulder are parts of the trumpet blower’s costumes and bare chests.