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Lists Events and Festivals in Negombo -Extra dose of excitement to the holiday experience

Events and festivals in Negombo are all about learning, entertainment, and fun. Mingle with the locals; soak in every moment of some of the most enjoyable events in Negombo.

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Where to stay

While planning your holiday/trip, consider staying in Negombo Sri Lanka hotels such as the Hotel J Negombo; you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to see the events and to click some really good pictures! Negombo events are guaranteed to be a high on the fun quotient be its cultural events, religious occasions or music concerts.

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Business Events

Mixing business with pleasure may sound cliché, but it really is a good idea and is so easy to do when in a tropical paradise such as Sri Lanka! The West Coast is particularly popular since it offers the perfect balance of beach and business, amidst a laidback setting in which to enjoy everything from high-powered client meetings to corporate retreats. Negombo is a much sought after destination in this regard and this idyllic town on the Western coastline has plenty of hotels and resorts that come with their own event and function spaces.

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Events from Jan- April

At the end of January, on the sea street, there's a colourful procession held during the annual church festival. On 4th February, there are celebrations all over the country marking the nation's independence from Britain in 1948. The Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is one of the most important events in the Sri Lankan calendar. April new year festival, locally known as 'Aluth Avurudda' occurs the time of the annual harvest, fruits are given as gifts during the celebrations.

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The most colourful festivals

The streets of many communities in Sri Lanka are colourfully decorated with lanterns and lighting displays during the Vesak season in May, in commemoration of the birth, death, and enlightenment of the Buddha. The popular Fisherman's festival draws visitors to watch local fishermen haul in their catch such as prawns, crabs, lobsters. Kite flying competitions are held in many parts of Asia and the Negombo area is no exception. Navarathri festival, celebrated by Hindus runs for 9 days and nights. It's held in honour of the goddess Durga who fought against the evil forces of Asura. Prayers are offered up for three nights to the goddess of bravery, followed by three nights of prayer to the goddess of wealth, and ending with three nights of prayer to the goddess of education. Since Negombo has a particularly large Christian population Christmas is enthusiastically celebrated here. Shops and malls entice shoppers with special sales in the days leading up to the holidays, and you can hear Christmas carols and see nativity plays at a number of venues around town.

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