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August
01

For hundreds of years, the residents of Kandy have taken to the streets in August for this annual parade and ritual. Watching the sacred tooth...

December
01

Starting on poya day in December and running until the Vesak festival in May, the pilgrimage season sees thousands of visitors make the long trek...

February
01

Colombo’s most famous festival draws thousands of visitors and locals for a two-day display of pomp and circumstance. Featuring parading elephants...

Sri Lanka Public Holidays

Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

(a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted; however, since Sri Lanka is not a predominantly Muslim country restrictions (which travellers may experience elsewhere) are unlikely to cause problems.

(b) Hindu and Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

2014

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2014
January
13
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
13 January 2014

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

January
14
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
14 January 2014
January
15
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
15 January 2014
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2014
February
14
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
14 February 2014
February
27
Mahashivratri
Start date:
27 February 2014
March
16
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
16 March 2014
April
13
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Start date:
13 April 2014
April
15
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
15 April 2014
April
18
Good Friday
Start date:
18 April 2014
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2014
May
06
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
6 May 2014
June
13
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
13 June 2014
July
12
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
12 July 2014
July
28
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
28 July 2014
August
10
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
10 August 2014
September
09
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
9 September 2014
October
04
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
4 October 2014
October
07
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
7 October 2014
October
24
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
24 October 2014
November
05
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 November 2014
December
06
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
6 December 2014
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2014

2015

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2015
January
03
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
3 January 2015

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

January
05
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 January 2015
January
15
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
15 January 2015
February
03
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
3 February 2015
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2015
February
17
Mahashivratri
Start date:
17 February 2015
March
05
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 March 2015
April
03
Good Friday
Start date:
3 April 2015
April
04
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
4 April 2015
April
13
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Start date:
13 April 2015
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2015
June
01
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
1 June 2015
June
02
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
2 June 2015
July
18
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
18 July 2015
July
31
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
31 July 2015
August
29
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
29 August 2015
September
23
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
23 September 2015
September
28
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
28 September 2015
October
27
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
27 October 2015
November
11
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
11 November 2015
November
25
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
25 November 2015
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2015
December
25
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
25 December 2015
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