Top events in Sri Lanka

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...

August
06

This colourful event celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013, and continues to provide a high-profile showcase for Sri Lankan designers. During...

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...

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.

2016

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2016
January
15
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
15 January 2016
January
23
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
23 January 2016
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2016
February
22
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
22 February 2016
March
07
Mahashivratri
Start date:
7 March 2016
March
22
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
22 March 2016
March
25
Good Friday
Start date:
25 March 2016
April
14
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Start date:
14 April 2016
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2016
May
14
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
14 May 2016
July
07
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
7 July 2016
July
19
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
19 July 2016
July
19
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
19 July 2016
August
17
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
17 August 2016
September
13
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
13 September 2016
September
16
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
16 September 2016
October
16
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
16 October 2016
October
29
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
29 October 2016
November
14
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
14 November 2016
December
12
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
12 December 2016

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

December
13
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
13 December 2016
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2016
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