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Quote - Joseph Pulitzer

"PUT IT BEFORE THEM BRIEFLY SO THEY WILL READ IT, CLEARLY SO THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT, PICTURESQUELY SO THEY WILL REMEMBER IT AND, ABOVE ALL, ACCURATELY SO THEY WILL BE GUIDED BY ITS LIGHT" ***** JOSEPH PULITZER *****
DISCOVER - SRI LANKA: PROLOGUE

IN PRAISE OF MY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND,
INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO.

THE 13th CENTURY VENETIAN TRAVELER MARCO POLO DESCRIBED THE ISLAND AS 'THE JADE PENDANT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN'. THE ABUNDANCE OF GEMSTONES, SPICES, RAIN FORESTS AND WILDLIFE; THE MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND A WRITTEN HISTORY OF OVER 2500 YEARS MAKE THIS ISLAND A TOURISTS' PARADISE.

THE RUINED CITIES OF ANURADHAPURA AND POLONNARUWA ILLUSTRATE THE GLORY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOMS. THE GIGANTIC STUPAS AND BUDDHA STATUES ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST MAN MADE STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD. THE MASSIVE RESERVOIRS, BUILT BY ANCIENT KINGS TO IRRIGATE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND, ARE MARVELS OF HYDRO ENGINEERING. THERE ARE EIGHT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SRI LANKA

THE ISLAND WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AS 'TAPROBANE' AND TO THE ARABS AS 'SERENDIB'. EARLY MERCHANTS VISITED THE ISLAND IN SEARCH OF GEMSTONES AND SPICES, MAINLY CINNAMON AND PEPPER. COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS WERE STARTED BY THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULERS. CEYLON TEA IS FAMOUS THE WORLD OVER.

TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR MONEY SPINNER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE VAST EXPANSE OF BEACHES, RAIN FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS WITH HERDS OF WILD ELEPHANTS, THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WITH LITHE WATER FALLS, BRING IN THE TOURISTS. THE ISLAND IS DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF HOTELS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAVELER. AN ISLAND OF 25,000 SQ; MILES HAS 103 RIVERS AND 25000 RESERVOIRS, MOSTLY MAN MADE. WITH VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS THIS IS TRULY A 'SMALL MIRACLE'.

" THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA IS A SMALL UNIVERSE, IT CONTAINS AS MANY VARIATIONS OF CULTURE, SCENERY AND CLIMATE AS SOME COUNTRIES A DOZEN TIMES ITS SIZE........I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY COUNTRY WHICH SCORES SO HIGHLY IN ALL DEPARTMENTS - WHICH HAVE SO MANY ADVANTAGES AND SO FEW DISADVANTAGES. LOVELY BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE RUINS, A VIBRANT CULTURE AND CHARMING PEOPLE- NO WONDER SRI LANKA IS A SMALL MIRACLE ".***** Arthur C. Clark *****




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05 September, 2011

SRI LANKA - THE GRAND PAGEANT [ VIDEO ] PART 3



YOU TUBE VIDEO :  



26 May, 2011

SRI LANKA - KANDY ESALA PEREHERA [ PAGEANT ] VIDEO

Esala Perahera [ the festival of the Sacred Tooth Relic ] is the grand 
festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka in late July or early August anually, this 
grand Religious Procession parades the streets of Kandy for ten nights.  It has 
become a unique Buddhist Religious festival of Sri Lanka. Scores of traditional 
Kandyan dancers and costume clad elephants take part in this parade.  There 
are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural 
dances performed by over a thousand participants. 




YouTube video:        http://youtu.be/tvABzeWHWWQ


24 December, 2010

SRI LANKA - FESTIVALS [ SINHALESE NEW YEAR ]



The timing of the Sinhalese new year coincides with the New Year celebrations 
of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festival has 
close semblance to the Thai New yearBengali New Year, and Sankranthi festival 
in India.
Cultural anthropological history of the 'Traditional New Year' which is celebrated 
on month of April, goes back to an ancient period in Sri Lankan history. Various 
beliefs, perhaps those associated with fertility of the harvest, gave birth to many 
rituals, customs, and ceremonies connected with the New Year. The advent of 
Buddhism in the third century BC (300BC) led to a re-interpretation of the existing 
New Year activities in the Buddhistic light. The majority of the people in the 
country are Buddhists, and as such, it is that the Buddhist outlook was 
predominant in transforming the New Year rites to what they are now.

LW

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