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Sri Lankans celebrate the festival of the tooth

Sri Lankan fire dancers perform outside the historic Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival, or festival of the tooth, in the ancient hill capital of Kandy on Aug. 1, 2012.

Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP - Getty Images reports -- The Esala Perahera festival, or festival of the tooth, features a nightly procession of Kandyan dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians, acrobatic fire performers and elephants. The festival draws thousands of tourists and spectators from around the island.

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Sri Lankan fire dancers perform outside the historic Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy on Aug. 1.

An elephant is lead past Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple of the Tooth decorated for the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy on Aug. 1.

A Sri Lankan dancer prepares to perform on the opening night of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera Festival in Kandy on Aug. 1.

Sri Lankan Kandyan dancers perform in front of the historic Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy on Aug. 1.

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