The Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy, is purported to hold a tooth of Buddha. It was brought to the city of in 1542, around 70 years after the city was founded, and now each August the Parahera Festival celebrates this revered relic.
The Parahera Festival lasts for 10 days, during which hundreds of people and elephants dress-up in honour of Buddha's 'tooth relic'. The 'tooth relic' is supposedly one of lord Buddha's teeth and, during the festival, a replica is paraded through the city on the chief elephant. This is a lively festival, with dancers, drummers and a large number of elephants.
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