Fire walking has a long history with records dating back to 1200 B.C. and has been practiced in all parts of the world by many people and many cultures. However, in Sri Lanka, fire walking has been recognized as a Hindu festival/ceremony.
Fire walking is the act of walking barefoot over hot coals, intent on fulfilling their personal promises, as a test of an individual's strength and courage and proving their faith and purity.
During May to June every year, many goddess temples in the East Sri Lanka do host five to ten days Festivals. During the last three days these temples will have fire walking event.