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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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Sunday May 1, 2022May DaySecular holiday
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Monday May 2, 2022May DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday May 3, 2022End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Wednesday May 4, 2022Mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schoolsSchool holidays
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Friday May 6, 2022General strikeSecular holiday
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Sunday May 8, 2022Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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Sunday May 15, 2022Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Monday May 16, 2022Day following VesakBanks only
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Tuesday June 14, 2022Poson PoyaBuddhism (Theravada)
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Sunday June 19, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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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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May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

May Day

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Monday May 2, 2022
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Tuesday May 3, 2022
Muslim, Sufi :

Mid-term holiday (end) - Muslim schools

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Wednesday May 4, 2022
School holidays :

General strike

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Friday May 6, 2022
Secular holiday :

Mothers' Day

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Sunday May 8, 2022
cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha

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Sunday May 15, 2022
Buddhism (Theravada) : Magha Puja or Sangha celebration. This day falls on the full moon of the third month. It commemorates the main event in Buddha's life, after His first retreated from the rain (Vassa). The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddah's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the 6th month in the Theravada tradition.

Day following Vesak

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Monday May 16, 2022
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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.

Fathers' Day

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Sunday June 19, 2022
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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
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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.