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.

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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