Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2017

January 7, 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 Jan Thursday Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

14 Jan Saturday Tamil Thai Pongal Day

P.B.M

4 Feb Saturday National Day

P.B.M

10 Feb Friday Navam Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

24 Feb Friday Mahasivarathri Day

P.B

12 Mar Sunday Madin Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

10 Apr Monday Bak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

13 Apr Thursday Day prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year

P.B.M

14 Apr Friday Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day

P.B.M

14 Apr Friday Good Friday

P.B

01 May Monday May Day

P.B.M

10 May Wednesday Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

11 May Thursday Day Following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

08 Jun Thursday Poson Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

26 Jun Monday Id-ul-Fitr/Ramzan Festival

P.B

08 Jul Saturday Esala Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

07 Aug Monday Nikini Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 Sep Friday Id-ul-Adha/Hajj Festival Day

P.B

05 Sep Tuesday Binara Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

05 Oct Thursday Vap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

18 Oct Wednesday Deepavali Festival Day

P.B

03 Nov Friday Ill Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 Dec Friday Milad-un-Nabi/Prophet Muhammed’s Birthday

P.B.M

03 Dec Sunday Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

25 Dec Monday Christmas Day

P.B.M

 

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

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