After Christmas, If you find yourself in the capital on New Year’s Eve, Colombo comes alive with vibrant celebrations. Festivities like street parties, live music and fireworks line the streets. It is a memorable way to bring in the New Year. If you stay in Colombo, the Unduvap Full Moon Poya, otherwise known as the Duruthu Poya, is later in January. This is a celebration of the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka and occurs on the first full moon in January. Colourful processions, illuminated temples and religious ceremonies will emanate from special Buddhist temples. It is an incredible and unique experience.