Every year, thousands of pilgrims make the lofty journey to the summit of Adam’s Peak, or Samanalakande (Butterfly Mountain). Starting from Poya Day (in December) and running all the through to Vesak Festival in May the following year, worshippers don their walking boots for the grueling 7,000-foot climb to the peak’s Buddhist temple.
This week-long festival is one of the most important dates for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and globally, marking the full moon of Vesak (usually in May). The event is an opportunity for huge cultural displays with food, light and lanterns all in abundance. Locals also enjoy partaking in various acts of 'goodwill' throughout the week.