Seems it's finally over. There were insane number of people on the streets last week and traffic was horrible.
Apart from the traditional lanterns and lights, there were quite a few drunk men on the streets doing all sorts of drunken stuff and generally being assholes. I saw couple of musical shows, and a Ferris wheel in Dematagoda as well. Good Carnival, I thought - may be we'd compete with Rio someday and attract tourists.
I highly doubt, Buddha, the person who preached of simplicity and being unmoved by eight worldly dhammas would have appreciated this "carnival" and public menace to celebrate his birthday and attaining nibbana.
But who knows, Sinhala Buddhists(TM) have a strange way of practicing Buddhism...