Holidays Sri Lanka

Празднование нового года в Коломбо New year celebrations in Colombo

Sri Lanka celebrates a lot of holidays, both public and religious (official state the date, full moon days, festivals, New year). Such days during the year quite a lot and in overwhelming cases, they are declared public holidays, and therefore, not without reason, the country is considered one of the vacationers. Thus, in Sri Lanka adopted a five-day working week with days off on Saturday and Sunday.

Considering the fact that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, here defined holidays and celebrated everywhere the festivals related to Buddhism. But also Hindu, Christian and Muslim festivals are celebrated with equal panache. All religious holidays are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, and therefore is to know in advance the day on which falls the event: the event, despite the fact that the dates of national holidays are determined by different calendars (Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Gregorian).

Arriving tourists must note that during public holidays, even religious ones, do not work, all government offices, banks, businesses, some stores, it is forbidden to sell alcohol.

Below are the main holidays celebrated in Sri Lanka (date without the year marked within a certain time, date and the year is not clearly defined and are set annually at different times in accordance with a particular calendar).

Calendar holidays in Sri Lanka


Празднование нового года в Коломбо Preparing for the new year in Sri Lanka
  • 1 January – New year (New Year's)
  • Jan 14, 2014 (3 Jan 2015) - Mawlid an-Nabi (Milad-un-Nabi, birthday of prophet Muhammad)
  • 14 January 2014 (15 January 2015) Thai Pongal (Tamil Thai Pongal, the harvest Festival)
  • 15 January 2014 (5 January 2015) - Duruthu Singing (Turutu the Perahera, Duruthu Perahera), the main events are held in the temple Kelaniya (Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya), 10 km East of Colombo.
  • February 4 - independence Day (National Day) (1948). Colombo
  • 14 Feb 2014 (3 Feb 2015) - Navam Singing (the navam Perahera, Navam Perahera), the main events are held at the Gangaramaya temple (Gangaramaya Temple) (Colombo)
  • February 27, 2014 - (February 17, 2015) Maha Shivaratri (Great night of Shiva, Maha Shivaratri)
  • 16 Mar 2014 (5 Mar 2015) - Singing Medin (Medin Poya)
  • 13 – 14 April Sri Lankan New year (Sinhala and Tamil New Year's)
  • April 14, 2014 (4 April 2015) - Bak. (. Bak Poya)
  • April 18, 2014 (3 April 2015) and good Friday before Easter (Good Friday)
  • 1 may – international labour Day (Mayday)
  • May 14-15, 2014 (1-2 June 2015) – Singing Vesak (Vesak Poya, the Buddha's Birthday).
  • 12 June 2014 (2 June 2015) – Boseong Singing (Poson Poya). The main events are held in Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
  • 12 July 2014 (31 July 2015) - the Esala Singing (Esala Poya).
  • 29 July 2014 (17 Jul 2015) – Eid ul Fitr (Id-Ul-Fitr, end of Ramadan)
  • July - Festival of Skanda (held in Kataragama, lasts 14 days)
  • July - Nallur festival (held in Jaffna, lasts 25 days)
  • 10 Aug 2014 (29 Aug 2015) – Nikini Singing (Nikini Poya)
  • End of July-beginning of August – festival of Esala Perahera (held in Kandy, lasts 10 days)
  • 8 September 2014 (28 September 2015) – Binara (Binara Poya)
  • 5 Oct 2014 (24 September 2015) – ID al-Adha (Eid al-Adha, the end of the Hajj to Mecca)
  • 7 October 2014 (27 October 2015) - Singing Vap (Vap Poya)
  • 23 Oct 2014 (11 Nov 2015) - Deepavali ((Deepavali) or Diwali (Diwali), the Festival of lights)
  • 6 November 2014 (November 26, 2015) – Il. (Il Poya)
  • 6 December 2014 (25 December 2015) - unduvap (Unduvap Poya)
  • December 25 – Christmas Day (Christmas Day)