In Sri Lanka Peraheras are a regular event. Every month there is a perahera somewhere in the island. The Duruthu Pererahera in Kelaniya, which just concluded is the first perahera in the year.
Many believe that this perahera marks the Buddha’s visit to Kelaniya on a Duruthu Full Moon Day. This month which is known as January in English is the 10th month in the Sinhala calendar. The Buddha did visit Lanka on a Duruthu Full Moon Day, but it was not to Kelaniya. He came to Mahiyangana in Uva, in the Badulla district. He came to bring peace to two Yakkha tribes who were at war.
The Buddha did visit Kelaniya. It was on the Vesak Full Moon Day in the eighth year after his Enlightenment. It was his third visit, the second was to Nagadeepa, three years earlier.