What’s happening this year
- Parade of Lanka
- Food Festival
- Exhibitors from Sri Lanka
- Cultural Show
- Fashion Show
- Traditional Drumming
- Musical Performances
Parade of Lanka
In celebration of our heritage, we hold the Parade of Lanka every year. Community members, organizations and businesses join to march in the exciting parade and show off their pride for Sri Lanka.
During the festival, Sri Lankan food exhibitors will be whipping up some of the most famous dishes from the island. The scents and sounds of dishes like lamprais and kottu roti will grace the plaza. Be sure to get your place in line early.
Exhibitors From Sri Lanka
Visitors can take home more than photos from their Sri Lanka Day experience. Exhibitors will be showing and selling their authentic goods created in Sri Lanka and brought to the US specially for this festival.
Sri Lanka’s centuries-old history of dancing, drumming and singing comes alive on the stage. A mix of music, dance and theatrical performance represent the depth and beauty of Sri Lanka’s arts and culture.
Traditional and modern styles of Sri Lanka will be on display during our colorful and upbeat fashion show.
Drums have been a part of everyday life in Sri Lanka for more than 2,500 years. It is believed that there are about 30 traditional drums. Only about 10 of them are used today. Learn about various drums that are popularly known as some of the worlds’ loudest drums.
We love to keep Sri Lanka Day entertaining and every year, we get to showcase the amazing talents of Sri Lankan musical artists to play a mix of beautiful songs and instrumentals. And afterwards, the crowd can stick around and enjoy the fun of the Parade of Lanka where community members, organizations and businesses show their love of Sri Lankan culture.
What is Sri Lanka Day?
Sri Lankans often refer to themselves as “Lions or The Lion Nation”. One of the reasons they do so is due to the obvious lion symbol on the country’s flag. The other reason is less known but much more meaningful. The lion has frequently been linked to words such as courageous and proud. The Sri Lanka Foundation is a foundation dedicated to the preservation of Sri Lankan culture. It strives to exhibit courage and pride in their charitable work and events.
One of the foundation’s most significant events is “Sri Lanka Day”. Every year the foundation works diligently to bring the sights, tastes, colors and general feel of Sri Lanka to spectators who gather in one location from all over California. It is an annual celebration and tribute to the culture and heritage of the Sri Lankan people. In coordinating the event the foundation seeks to inform the public about their country and its customs. The foundation also aspires to bring generations of Sri Lankans together as a community, to pass along history from one generation to another. The event will take all who attend on a short trip to Sri Lanka through traditional foods, music, dances, art, and theatre. Attendees will listen to the echo of handmade drums each with an individual tone. They will experience a visual feast of vibrant costumes, colorful clothing and ornate jewelry. Participants can explore the spices and aromas of curries and traditional sweets while being captivated by dancers and performers. Children and adults alike will revel in the Kandy Perahera the famous Sri Lankan parade that features theatre elephants of equal size to real elephants. All these experiences can be enjoyed without ever leaving California.
In previous years “Sri Lanka Day” has attracted more than 100,000 visitors. In 2015 it became particularly special as it was the first year the event was hosted in the city of Pasadena. It was also the first year the foundation sponsored their own dance troupe to perform. Every year the foundation works harder to reach new heights with “Sri Lanka Day”, so stay tuned for more details on next year’s festivities!
About Sri Lanka Foundation
Sri Lanka Foundation is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization formed in June 2003 by Walter Jayasinghe, M.D., a well-known Sri Lankan-American physician in Los Angeles. With its head office in Los Angeles, California, the main focus of Sri Lanka Foundation is to promote Sri Lankan culture in the United States and worldwide.Learn More…
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Want to Participate in the Sri Lanka Day Parade?
The “Pageant of Lanka” is a carefully orchestrated parade that goes through the festival and depicts the 235 year old Esala Perahara in Sri Lanka. Magnificent theater elephants, dancers in colorful costumes & feathers, various varieties of drummers, whip crackers, flag bearers and Nilames make this parade entertaining. Participate today!
Food exhibitors are only allowed to sell food. In order to have a food booth, you have to be of Sri Lankan origin or selling Sri Lankan products. The price for food exhibitor booth is $750.00 and Non-Profit $650.00. Booths are limited and the best booths are given to those who make their payments first. You will need to complete the “Food exhibitor” application and submit with payment to reserve your booth. Each booth is 10 feet x 10 feet and is given a table (8 feet x 3 feet), two chairs and a cooking area next to the booth. You will also have access to a common kitchen, sink and freezer to store your food items.
If you need any additional items for your booth please contact Shirani at Sri Lanka Foundation (213) 483-0126. Becoming a Food Exhibitor is easy as 1, 2, 3!Reserve A Food Booth
Food Exhibitor Application
Please fill all details in the below application form.
Retail exhibitors are allowed to sell goods and services that are not food. Booths are limited and the best booth locations are given to those who make their payments first. You will need to complete the “Retail Exhibitor” application and submit with payment to reserve your booth.
Retail exhibitor booth rates: Non-profit organization rate is $400.00 (You must provide proof of non-profit status) Other Organization rate is $500.00 Booth Information: Each booth is 10 feet x 10 feet. Each booth will have a table (table dimensions: 8 feet x 3 feet), two chairs and one 110 volt power outlet.Reserve A Retail Booth
Retail Exhibitor Application
Please fill all details in the below application form.