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Sri Lanka bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Sri Lanka Bank Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Thu Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
        Sat Tamil Thai Pongal Day
        Fri Special Bank Holiday (Tamil Thai Pongal) (afternoon) Banks
Feb.    Sat National Day (Independence Day)
        Fri Navam Full Moon Poya Day
        Fri Special Bank Holiday (National Day) (afternoon) Banks
        Fri Mahasivarathri Day
Mar.    Sun Madin Full Moon Poya Day
Apr.    Mon Bak Full Moon Poya Day
        Thu Sinhala & Tamil New Year's Eve
        Fri Good Friday
        Fri Sinhala & Tamil New Year (Aluth Avurudda)
May     Mon May Day
        Wed Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
        Thu Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
June    Thu Poson Full Moon Poya Day
        Mon Id-ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day)
July  8 Sat Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Aug.  7 Mon Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Sep.  2 Sat Id-Ul-Alha (Hadji Festival Day)
      5 Tue Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Oct.  5 Thu Vap Full Moon Poya Day
     18 Wed Deepavali Festival Day
Nov.  3 Fri Ill Full Moon Poya Day
Dec.  1 Fri Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet's Birthday)
      3 Sun Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day
     25 Mon Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

25 Jul 2017 Sri Lankan 2018 Poya Public Holidays Confirmed (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) At a media briefing held at the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardene, categorically stated that the previously-released list of Sri Lankan Poya Days in 2018, and related public holidays in Sri Lanka, was "100 percent accurate".  24 Jul 2017 Sri Lankan 2018 Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Wajira Abeyawardena, has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka", the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  01 Apr 2017 Sri Lankan 2018 Poya Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka", its annual official list of the Sri Lankan Poya Day non-working public holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  19 Oct 2016 Sri Lankan 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka Banks' Association has released its annual list of the official bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2017, in line with, but expanding upon, the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2017, as published last spring.  17 Jun 2016 Sri Lankan June 20 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Ministry of Public Administration and Local Government has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided not to declare Monday, June 20, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in view of the annual Poson Poya Day non-working public holiday of Sri Lanka falling on a Sunday in 2016.  25 May 2016 Sri Lankan Public Holiday December 12 (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, following yesterday's Cabinet of Ministers' meeting, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare December 12, 2016, as a national day, in addition to it having been declared as an annual non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in 2016.  22 May 2016 Sri Lankan 2017 Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Wajira Abeyawardena, has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka", the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  20 May 2016 Sri Lanka Cancels May 23 Public Holiday (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Minister of Home Affairs has announced that, "after considering current inclement weather resulting in floods and landslides in several parts of the country", the Sri Lankan Government had decided to cancel its previously-declared day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka granted to public officers on Monday, May 23, 2016, due to the annual Vesak full Moon Poya day of Sri Lanka falling on a Saturday in 2016.  02 May 2016 Sri Lankan Public Holiday May 23 (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Minister of Home Affairs has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare Monday, May 23, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in view of the annual Vesak full Moon Poya day of Sri Lanka falling on a Saturday in 2016.  29 Apr 2016 Sri Lankan May 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Wajira Abeyawardena, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided not to declare Monday, May 2, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in view of the annual May 1 non-working public holiday of Sri Lanka falling on a Sunday in 2016.  27 Mar 2016 Sri Lankan 2017 Poya Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka", its annual official list of the 12/13 Sri Lankan Poya Day non-working public holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Sri Lanka public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The declaration of official bank holidays and public holidays in Sri Lanka is regulated by section 4 of the Holidays Act. No. 29 of 1971, and the list and dates of these bank holidays and public holidays is announced annually by the Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs.  The full moon Poya Day public holiday of each month is a public holiday with pay for monthly paid employees. If an employee is required to work on such public holidays, then he shall be paid an extra half days wage in addition to the monthly wage. When a poya day falls on a weekly holiday or public holiday, no additional holiday need be given to employees in lieu of the poya day .  However, banks seem to move fixed-date public holidays that fall on a Sunday to the following Monday.  Sri Lanka International Codes LK and LKA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .lk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Sri Lanka information and news: Central Bank of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Sri Lanka maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Sri Lanka), and Wikipedia (includes Sri Lanka commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Sri Lanka, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Sri Lanka that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Sri Lanka, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.

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Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka are based on the geographical location of Colombo (latitude 6,9N, longitude 79,8E, GMT+5,5 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2018 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.

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Lunisolar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict lunar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka are based on the geographical location of Colombo (latitude 6,9N, longitude 79,8E, GMT+6,0 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2018 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Sri Lanka, before planning any trip to Sri Lanka. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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