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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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    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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    Sunday January 15, 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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    Saturday February 18, 2023Maha ShivaratriHinduism
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    Monday March 6, 2023Medin Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Saturday March 18, 2023Colombo marathonSports events
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    Friday March 31, 2023Ramadan (beginning) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Bak Poya/Hanuman JayantiBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)- Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Thursday April 13, 2023Day before Sinhala and Tamil New YearSecular holiday
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    Friday April 14, 2023Tamil and Sinhala New YearBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Thursday April 20, 2023Mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday April 24, 2023Ramadan (end) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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    Monday April 24, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023May DaySecular holiday
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    Friday May 5, 2023Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Saturday May 6, 2023Day following VesakBanks only
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday June 3, 2023Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    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

    We carry confirmed dates 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.

    Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal

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    Sunday January 15, 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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    Saturday February 18, 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.

    Medin Full Moon Poya Day

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    Monday March 6, 2023
    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.

    Colombo marathon

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    Saturday March 18, 2023
    Sports events : Https://colombomarathon.com/ 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Ramadan (beginning) - Muslim schools

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
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    Bak Poya/Hanuman Jayanti

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
    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.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)- Muslim schools

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
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    Day before Sinhala and Tamil New Year

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    Thursday April 13, 2023
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    Tamil and Sinhala New Year

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    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

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    Thursday April 20, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
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    Ramadan (end) - Muslim schools

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    Monday April 24, 2023
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    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 24, 2023
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    May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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 .

    Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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    Friday May 5, 2023
    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

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    Saturday May 6, 2023
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    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    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

    Poson Poya

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    Saturday June 3, 2023
    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.

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
    cards/flowers :

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

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi :