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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

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    Women are not allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Monday june 3, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday june 7, 2024Train strikeSecular holiday
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    Sunday june 16, 2024Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Monday june 17, 2024Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Thursday june 20, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Friday june 21, 2024Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Saturday july 20, 2024Esala PeraheraBuddhism (Vajrayana)
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    Friday august 16, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday august 19, 2024Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)Hinduism
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    Monday august 26, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday september 13, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Monday september 16, 2024Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Tuesday september 17, 2024Binara Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Thursday september 19, 2024Mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Tuesday october 15, 2024Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday october 17, 2024Vap Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Thursday october 31, 2024Deepavali/DipabaliHinduism
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    Friday november 15, 2024Il Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Saturday december 14, 2024Unduvap PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday june 3, 2024
    School holidays :

    Train strike

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    Friday june 7, 2024
    Secular holiday :

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday june 16, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Monday june 17, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Mid-term holiday (beginning) - Muslim schools

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    Thursday june 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Poson Poya

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    Friday june 21, 2024
    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.

    Esala Perahera

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    Saturday july 20, 2024
    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)

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    Friday august 16, 2024
    School holidays : Tamil & Sinhala schools

    Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)

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    Monday august 19, 2024
    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)

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    Monday august 26, 2024
    School holidays :

    Mid-term holiday (beginning) - Muslim schools

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    Friday september 13, 2024
    School holidays :

    Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Monday september 16, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Binara Full Moon Poya Day

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    Tuesday september 17, 2024
    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) - Muslim schools

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    Thursday september 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    Arbor Day

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    Tuesday october 15, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Vap Full Moon Poya Day

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    Thursday october 17, 2024
    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

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    Thursday october 31, 2024
    Hinduism :

    Il Full Moon Poya Day

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    Friday november 15, 2024
    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.

    Unduvap Poya

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    Saturday december 14, 2024
    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

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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.