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Sri Lanka : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months


Currency: Rupee (LKR)
Internet domain: .lk - Telephone code: +94 - International dialing code: 00
Women are not allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Monday June 13, 2022School holidaySchool holidays
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Monday June 13, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Friday June 17, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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Sunday June 19, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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Friday June 24, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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Friday July 1, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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Friday July 8, 2022Civil Servants holidaySecular holiday
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Friday July 8, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday July 10, 2022Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Wednesday July 13, 2022Esala PeraheraBuddhism (Vajrayana)
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Thursday August 11, 2022Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)Hinduism
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Thursday August 18, 2022Summer holiday (end)- Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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Friday August 26, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)- Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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Monday September 5, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday September 10, 2022Binara Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday September 25, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday October 8, 2022Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Sunday October 9, 2022Vap Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday October 10, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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Friday October 14, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Saturday October 15, 2022Arbor Daycards/flowers
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Saturday October 15, 2022Colombo marathonSports events
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/DipabaliHinduism
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Monday November 7, 2022Il Full Moon Poya DayBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday December 7, 2022Unduvap PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Wednesday December 14, 2022New year holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)Secular holiday
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School holiday

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Monday June 13, 2022
School holidays : Due to the transportation difficulties

Civil Servants holiday

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Monday June 13, 2022
Secular holiday :

Poson Poya

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Tuesday June 14, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda (son of King Asoka of India) at Mihintale in the third century B.C. Ven Mahinda established the Dispensation of The Buddha (Buddhasasana) in Sri Lanka.

Civil Servants holiday

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Friday June 17, 2022
Secular holiday :

Fathers' Day

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Sunday June 19, 2022
cards/flowers :

Civil Servants holiday

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Friday June 24, 2022
Secular holiday :

Civil Servants holiday

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Friday July 1, 2022
Secular holiday :

Civil Servants holiday

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Friday July 8, 2022
Secular holiday :

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 8, 2022
School holidays : Tamil & Sinhala schools

Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Sunday July 10, 2022
Muslim, Sufi :

Esala Perahera

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Wednesday July 13, 2022
Buddhism (Vajrayana) : On the Esala full moon, the Kandy Esala Perahera takes place. The most important and spectacular festival in SL, it is the climax of 10 days and nights of increasing frenetic activity in Kandy. Thousands of dancers, drummers, and temple chieftains take part in the parade that also features 50 or more magnificently decorated elephants honouring the Sacred Tooth relic of the Golden Temple. Smaller peraheras are held at this time at other locations in the island.

Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)

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Thursday August 11, 2022
Hinduism : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.

Summer holiday (end)- Muslim schools

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Thursday August 18, 2022
School holidays :

Summer holiday (beginning)- Muslim schools

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Friday August 26, 2022
School holidays :

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday September 5, 2022
School holidays : Tamil & Sinhala schools

Binara Full Moon Poya Day

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Saturday September 10, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Even before the birth of Buddhism, Asian ascetics in the ancient times when there were no calendars, made it a practice on full moon days to cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. The Buddha adopted this practice and from this developed the preaching of the Buddhist texts and commentaries (bana) in monasteries and temples on full moon Poya days. And when the Venerable Arahat Mahinda Thero introduced Buddhism to this country in 247 BC he also introduced the Poya tradition.

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Sunday September 25, 2022
School holidays :

Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Saturday October 8, 2022
Muslim, Sufi :

Vap Full Moon Poya Day

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Sunday October 9, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha) by the Bodhisatta Maitriya and the commissioning of 60 disciples by The Buddha to disperse his teachings. http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/festivals/POSON.HTM

Public holiday

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Monday October 10, 2022
Secular holiday :

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Friday October 14, 2022
School holidays :

Arbor Day

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Saturday October 15, 2022
cards/flowers :

Colombo marathon

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Saturday October 15, 2022
Sports events : Https://colombomarathon.com/ 2022 edition confirmed

Deepavali/Dipabali

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Monday October 24, 2022
Hinduism :

Il Full Moon Poya Day

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Monday November 7, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Marks the end of the Rainy Retreat period (Vassana-Samaya). The Bhikkus stay indoors in the temples and observe the Bhavana meditation and other religious activities. This is the end and climax of the rainy season.

Unduvap Poya

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Wednesday December 7, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Arrival of the Bo-tree sapling. This was brought to Sri Lanka from India by Buddhist Theri Sanghamitta, and it is this very tree that is venerated by Buddhists in Anuradhapura. It is also the oldest documented tree in the world. Sanghamitta Theri established the Bhikkhuni Sasana (the Order of Nuns). paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

New year holiday (beginning)

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Wednesday December 14, 2022
School holidays : Tamil, Sinhala & Muslim schools

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)

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Monday December 26, 2022
Secular holiday :