The most amazing event I've been lucky enough to witness so far in my 23 years. A whole month of celebration at the biggest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, and we got to witness 2 nights of it!! The sheer number of people, the noise, the colour, the smoke left me in awe. A couple thousand people present, with the women dressed to the nines in sari's of all colours; drummers busting a fast beat as the shrine was carried through the temple and around the outside, while men playing the nadaswaram (think flute/trumpet mix) so fervently I thought one of them might pass out. It was the loudest, most chaotic, and most spectacular royal-like ceremony I have ever seen. Unreal!!