Sri Lanka Public Holidays

Public holidays are listed here.

Public holiday note

(a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted; however, since Sri Lanka is not a predominantly Muslim country restrictions (which travellers may experience elsewhere) are unlikely to cause problems.

(b) Hindu and Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

2021

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2021
January
14
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
14 January 2021
January
28
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
28 January 2021
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2021
February
26
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
26 February 2021
March
11
Mahashivratri
Start date:
11 March 2021
March
28
Medin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
28 March 2021
April
02
Good Friday
Start date:
2 April 2021
April
26
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
26 April 2021
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2021
May
14
Id Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
14 May 2021
May
26
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
26 May 2021
End date:
27 May 2021
June
24
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
24 June 2021
July
21
Id Ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
21 July 2021
July
23
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
23 July 2021
August
22
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
22 August 2021
September
20
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
20 September 2021
October
19
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
19 October 2021

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

October
20
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
20 October 2021
November
04
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
4 November 2021
November
18
Il Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
18 November 2021
December
18
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
18 December 2021
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2021
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