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Sri Lanka : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations


Sri Lanka : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months

Internet domain: .lk - Telephone code: +94 - International dialing code: 00
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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Duruthu Poya Day*Monday January 1, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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new year holiday (end)**Monday January 1, 2018School holidays 
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Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal**Sunday January 14, 2018Hinduism 
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banks are closedMonday January 15, 2018Banks only 
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Navam Full Moon Poya Day*Wednesday January 31, 2018Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Friday December 1, 2017Muslim, Sufi 
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new year holiday (beginning)**Friday December 1, 2017School holidays 
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Unduvap Poya**Sunday December 3, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Duruthu Poya Day -
Monday January 1, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka. This visit too took place in the first year of the Buddha's preaching.

New year holiday (end) -
Monday January 1, 2018

School holidays :
gazetted by the Ministry of Education
dates may vary according to the religion
Schooling mandatory till age 14
number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 204
Teaching languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
schools are closed on Sunday
school uniforms required
confirmed till July 2017
2017-2018 calendar not yet published

Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal -
Sunday January 14, 2018

Hinduism : The symbol is the movement from one place to another which leads to meeting someone or something. The sun leaves its present constellation to get into Sakranti . Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Banks are closed -
Monday January 15, 2018

Banks only :

Navam Full Moon Poya Day -
Wednesday January 31, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the following events in Buddhist history: Entrance into the order of two leading disciples of The Buddha (Sariputta and Maha Moggalana), The Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks. The Buddha announces that within three months His Parinibbana (death) will take place.

Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday December 1, 2017

Muslim, Sufi :

New year holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 1, 2017

School holidays : Tamil, Sinhala & Muslim schools

Unduvap Poya -
Sunday December 3, 2017

Buddhism (Theravada) : Arrival of the Bo-tree sapling. This was brought to Sri Lanka from India by Buddhist Theri Sanghamitta, and it is this very tree that is venerated by Buddhists in Anuradhapura. It is also the oldest documented tree in the world. Sanghamitta Theri established the Bhikkhuni Sasana (the Order of Nuns). paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.