Photo of the Day: Lighting Elephants

Photo of the Day: Lighting Elephants

A decorated elephant, escorted by two others, carries a casket during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of Buddhists throng the hill-capital every year to venerate Buddha’s tooth relic which is taken on a parade on decorated elephants as traditional dancers and drummers perform. The event, which dates back centuries, is considered Sri Lanka’s most prominent religious and cultural ceremony. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

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