Fire walking in Eastern Sri Lanka

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. 

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Event Dates

5/1/2016 – 6/30/2016

Admission Fee

No admission fee

Ages Event is Appropriate For

This event can be viewed by people of all ages.

Accessibility Notes

Visit to a nearby temple where the event happen. You do have to get permission if you want to take photos. Dress code should match with the local traditions. Clothes closing the whole body is preferred .

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Contact Information

L. Thev Athiran - Media Unit
9477 311 2601
94 65 222 8439
District Secretariat, Batticaloa
Batticaloa, LK
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