Top events in Sri Lanka

April
14

According to Sinhalese astrology, the New Year begins in April when the sun moves from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries. The event is...

May
14

Poya holidays take place in Sri Lanka every full moon, but the most important of them is Vesak Poya in May. It’s a chance for Buddhists to...

July
01

For five days between July and August, the lively beach town of Hikkaduwa is given over to this popular festival. Expect international DJs, Sri...

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.

2017

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2017
January
12
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
12 January 2017
January
14
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
14 January 2017
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2017
February
10
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
10 February 2017
February
24
Mahashivratri
Start date:
24 February 2017
March
12
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
12 March 2017
April
10
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
10 April 2017
April
14
Good Friday
Start date:
14 April 2017
April
14
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Start date:
14 April 2017
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2017
May
10
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
10 May 2017
June
08
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
8 June 2017
June
25
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 June 2017
July
08
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
8 July 2017
August
07
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
7 August 2017
September
01
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 September 2017
September
05
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 September 2017
October
05
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 October 2017
October
18
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
18 October 2017
November
03
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
3 November 2017
December
01
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
1 December 2017
December
03
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
3 December 2017
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2017
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