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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 next 3 months


Currency: Rupee (LKR)
Internet domain: .lk - Telephone code: +94 - International dialing code: 00
Women are not allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Thursday August 11, 2022Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)Hinduism
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Saturday September 10, 2022Binara Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday September 25, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday October 9, 2022Vap Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday October 10, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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Friday October 14, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Saturday October 15, 2022Colombo marathonSports events
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Saturday October 15, 2022Arbor Daycards/flowers
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/DipabaliHinduism
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Wednesday December 14, 2022New year holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)Secular holiday
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Friday January 6, 2023Duruthu Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday January 9, 2023New year holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday January 14, 2023Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - PongalSecular holiday
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Friday February 3, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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Sunday February 5, 2023Navam Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday February 19, 2023Maha ShivaratriHinduism
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)

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Thursday August 11, 2022
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.

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

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Saturday September 10, 2022
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.

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Sunday September 25, 2022
School holidays :

Vap Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday October 9, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha) by the Bodhisatta Maitriya and the commissioning of 60 disciples by The Buddha to disperse his teachings. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM

Public holiday

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Monday October 10, 2022
Secular holiday :

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Friday October 14, 2022
School holidays :

Colombo marathon

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Saturday October 15, 2022
Sports events : Https://colombomarathon.com/ 2022 edition confirmed

Arbor Day

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Saturday October 15, 2022
cards/flowers :

Deepavali/Dipabali

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Monday October 24, 2022
Hinduism :

New year holiday (beginning)

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Wednesday December 14, 2022
School holidays : Tamil, Sinhala & Muslim schools

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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.

Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)

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Monday December 26, 2022
Secular holiday :

Duruthu Poya Day

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Friday January 6, 2023
Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka. This visit too took place in the first year of the Buddha's preaching. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM

New year holiday (end)

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Monday January 9, 2023
School holidays : Www.moe.gov.lk
International schools may carry different calendars

Schools have been shut 46 weeks due to Covid epidemics
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

Dates confirmed till Aug 2023

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Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal

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Saturday January 14, 2023
Secular holiday : Celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days: Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal. A colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities and cattle races.

Independence Day

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Friday February 3, 2023
Secular holiday : Celebrating the anniversary of independence from Britain in 1948 not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Navam Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday February 5, 2023
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. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM

Maha Shivaratri

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Sunday February 19, 2023
Hinduism : A Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati. Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night.