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bank holidays, national holidays

Saturday is a half-day, and no work is done on a Sunday.

All full moon days (Poya days) are Buddhist holidays; all places of entertainment are closed on these days and no alcohol is sold or served. However, in the tourist areas very few hotels and restaurants observe these holidays. If a hotel or restaurant refuses to serve you alcohol on a Poya day then please accept this out of respect for Buddhism.

A special feature in Sri Lanka is that if a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then all public offices and banks are closed on the following weekday - to ensure that the staff do not miss a day off work.



01. January 2016 New Year
15. January 2016 Tamil Thai Pongal Day
23. January 2016 Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
04. February 2016 National Day
22. February 2016 Nawam Full Moon Poya Day
07. March 2016 Mahasivarathri Day
22. March 2016 Medin Full Moon Poya Day
25. March 2016 Good Friday
13. / 14. April 2016 Sinhala & Tamil New Year
21. April 2016 Bak Full Moon Poya Day
01. May 2015 May Day
02. May 2016 Bank Holiday: Mai Day on a Sunday
21. / 22. May 2016 Vesak Full Moon Poya Days
23. May 2016 Bank Holiday: Vesak Poya Day on a Sunday
19. June 2016 Poson Full Moon Poya Day
06. July 2016 Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day)
19. July 2016 Esala Full Moon Poya Day
05. - 20. July 2016 Kataragama Festival Season (19. July: Maha Perahera)
08. - 18. August 2016 Kandy Esala Festival Season
17. August 2016 Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
12. September 2016 Id-Ul-Alha (Hajjhi Festival Day)
16. September 2016 Binara Full Moon Poya Day
15. October 2016 Vap Full Moon Poya Day
29. October 2016 Deepavali Festival Day
14. November 2016 Il Full Moon Poya Day
12. Dezember 2016 Birthday of Milan-Dun-Nabi
13. December 2016 Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
25. December 2016 Christmas Day
26. December 2016 Bank Holiday: Christmas Day on a Sunday
According to informations of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka