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Name Date Kind
Binara Full Moon Poya Day*Monday September 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Arbor DayFriday October 15, 2021cards/flowers 
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Tuesday October 19, 2021Muslim, Sufi 
Vap Full Moon Poya Day*Wednesday October 20, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
Deepavali/DipabaliThursday November 4, 2021Hinduism 
Il Full Moon Poya Day*Thursday November 18, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
new year holiday (beginning)**Friday December 3, 2021School holidays 
Unduvap Poya**Saturday December 18, 2021Buddhism (Theravada) 
banks close at 12:00Friday December 24, 2021Banks only 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 

Binara Full Moon Poya Day -
Monday September 20, 2021

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.


Arbor Day -
Friday October 15, 2021

cards/flowers :


Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Tuesday October 19, 2021

Muslim, Sufi :


Vap Full Moon Poya Day -
Wednesday October 20, 2021

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


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Thursday November 4, 2021

Hinduism :


Il Full Moon Poya Day -
Thursday November 18, 2021

Buddhism (Theravada) : Marks the end of the Rainy Retreat period (Vassana-Samaya). The Bhikkus stay indoors in the temples and observe the Bhavana meditation and other religious activities. This is the end and climax of the rainy season.


New year holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 3, 2021

School holidays : Tamil, Sinhala & Muslim schools


Unduvap Poya -
Saturday December 18, 2021

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


Banks close at 12:00 -
Friday December 24, 2021

Banks only :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

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.