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Sri Lanka - bank and public holidays of the world - 1970-2070

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Full calendar of public and bank holidays of the world (and banks closures), from 1970 until 2070 for Sri Lanka



Internet domain: .lk - Telephone code: +94 - International dialing code: 00
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Medin Full Moon Poya Day*Wednesday March 1, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti*Friday March 31, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Easter**Saturday April 1, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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mid-term holiday (beginning)- Muslim schoolsTuesday April 11, 2017School holidays 
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Day before Sinhala and Tamil New YearThursday April 13, 2017Secular holiday 
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Tamil and Sinhala New Year*Friday April 14, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schoolsWednesday April 19, 2017School holidays 
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spring holiday (beginning)Thursday April 20, 2017School holidays 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Thursday April 20, 2017Banks only 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha*Saturday April 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Day following VesakSunday April 30, 2017Banks only 
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spring holiday (end)Sunday April 30, 2017School holidays 
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Day of Mourning*Tuesday May 2, 2017Special Events 
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Day of Mourning*Tuesday May 2, 2017Special Events 
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May Day*Sunday May 7, 2017Secular holiday 
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Mothers' Day*Saturday May 13, 2017cards/flowers 
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Royal weddingThursday May 18, 2017Special Events 
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Ramadan (beginning) - Muslim schoolsThursday May 25, 2017School holidays 
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Poson Poya*Monday May 29, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Thursday June 15, 2017Muslim, Sufi 
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Fathers' DaySaturday June 17, 2017cards/flowers 
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Ramadan (end) - Muslim schoolsSunday June 18, 2017School holidays 
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Poson Full Moon Poya DayTuesday June 27, 2017Hinduism 
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Esala Perahera**Thursday July 27, 2017Buddhism (Vajrayana) 
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summer holiday (beginning)**Thursday August 3, 2017School holidays 
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)*Friday August 25, 2017Hinduism 
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summer holiday (end)**Sunday September 3, 2017School holidays 
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Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Sunday September 24, 2017Buddhism (Theravada) 
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Medin Full Moon Poya Day -
Thursday March 1, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the visit of The Buddha to his home to preach to his father King Suddhodana and other relatives and show them the path to enlightenment and final deliverance.


Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti -
Saturday March 31, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Hanumanji is said to be Chiranjivi (immortal) and is present in the world even today. He is the link between the devotees and God, for, as instructed by the Lord, he serves, protects and inspires the servants of God. Saints like Tulasidas had the darshan (divine vision) of the Lord through the grace of Hanumanji.


Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Mid-term holiday (beginning)- Muslim schools -
Wednesday April 11, 2018

School holidays :


Day before Sinhala and Tamil New Year -
Friday April 13, 2018

Secular holiday :


Tamil and Sinhala New Year -
Saturday April 14, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Sri Lankans and Tamilnadu people celebrate their national new year's day (Puththandu in Tamil and Aluth Avurudhu in Sinhala). The specific time of the New Year is set by astrologers on the 13th or 14th. The sun moving from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries signals the dawn of the new year.


Mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schools -
Thursday April 19, 2018

School holidays :


Spring holiday (beginning) -
Friday April 20, 2018

School holidays :


Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Friday April 20, 2018

Banks only :


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Sunday April 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition.


Day following Vesak -
Monday April 30, 2018

Banks only :


Spring holiday (end) -
Monday April 30, 2018

School holidays :


Day of Mourning -
Wednesday May 2, 2018

Special Events : As a mark of respect for the late Dr. Lester James Peries


Day of Mourning -
Wednesday May 2, 2018

Special Events : As a mark of respect for the late Dr. Lester James Peries


May Day -
Monday May 7, 2018

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 13, 2018

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914


Royal wedding -
Friday May 18, 2018

Special Events :


Ramadan (beginning) - Muslim schools -
Friday May 25, 2018

School holidays :


Poson Poya -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda (son of King Asoka of India) at Mihintale in the third century B.C. Ven Mahinda established the Dispensation of The Buddha (Buddhasasana) in Sri Lanka.


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 17, 2018

cards/flowers :


Ramadan (end) - Muslim schools -
Monday June 18, 2018

School holidays :


Poson Full Moon Poya Day -
Wednesday June 27, 2018

Hinduism :


Esala Perahera -
Friday July 27, 2018

Buddhism (Vajrayana) : On the Esala full moon, the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place. The most important and spectacular festival in SL, it is the climax of 10 days and nights of increasing frenetic activity in Kandy. Thousands of dancers, drummers, and temple chieftains take part in the parade that also features 50 or more magnificently decorated elephants honouring the Sacred Tooth relic of the Golden Temple. Smaller peraheras are held at this time at other locations in the island.


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday August 3, 2018

School holidays : Tamil & Sinhala schools


Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima) -
Saturday August 25, 2018

Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.


Summer holiday (end) -
Monday September 3, 2018

School holidays : Tamil & Sinhala schools


Binara Full Moon Poya Day -
Monday September 24, 2018

Buddhism (Theravada) : Even before the birth of Buddhism, Asian ascetics in the ancient times when there were no calendars, made it a practice on full moon days to cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. The Buddha adopted this practice and from this developed the preaching of the Buddhist texts and commentaries (bana) in monasteries and temples on full moon Poya days. And when the Venerable Arahat Mahinda Thero introduced Buddhism to this country in 247 BC he also introduced the Poya tradition.