Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2017

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With 70% of Sri Lankan population following Buddhism, majority of the public holidays in 2017 are based on Buddhist culture. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also practiced in some areas of the country and as a mark of respect; the government also includes holidays for these religions in the country’s list of public holidays every year.

One of the major Buddhism based holidays announced as national holidays are the Full Moon Poya Days of every month. On every Full Moon Poya Day, workers are entitled to a paid leave, banks and all organizations remain closed on these 12 days of the year.

Apart from that, some of the other important national holidays observed in Sri Lanka include National Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Milad-un-Nabi), Thai Pongal Day, Mahasivarathri, Eid-al-Fitr, Eid-al-Adha and Christmas Day. While some of these are public, bank and mercantile holidays, others are only public and bank holidays where the corporate sector remains working. Time off is usually given at the discretion of the employer for celebrations of the religious and national festivals.

Below is a detailed list of all the Sri Lankan public holidays in 2017. This table shows you the date of the holiday, the occasion as well as which sectors remain closed on that particular holiday.

 

Date

Day

Holiday

*Holiday Type

12 JanThursdayDuruthu Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

14 JanSaturdayTamil Thai Pongal Day

P.B.M

4 FebSaturdayNational Day

P.B.M

10 FebFridayNavam Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

24 FebFridayMahasivarathri Day

P.B

12 MarSundayMadin Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

10 AprMondayBak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

13 AprThursdayDay prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year

P.B.M

14 AprFridaySinhala & Tamil New Year Day

P.B.M

14 AprFridayGood Friday

P.B

01 MayMondayMay Day

P.B.M

10 MayWednesdayVesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

11 MayThursdayDay Following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

08 JunThursdayPoson Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

26 JunMondayId-ul-Fitr/Ramzan Festival

P.B

08 JulSaturdayEsala Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

07 AugMondayNikini Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 SepFridayId-ul-Adha/Hajj Festival Day

P.B

05 SepTuesdayBinara Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

05 OctThursdayVap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

18 OctWednesdayDeepavali Festival Day

P.B

03 NovFridayIll Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 DecFridayMilad-un-Nabi/Prophet Muhammed’s Birthday

P.B.M

03 DecSundayUnduvap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

25 DecMondayChristmas Day

P.B.M

 

*P=Public Holiday                        B = Bank Holiday                                 M = Mercantile Holiday