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.

2020

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2020
January
10
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
10 January 2020
January
15
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Start date:
15 January 2020
February
04
National Day
Start date:
4 February 2020
February
08
Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
8 February 2020
February
21
Maha Shivratri
Start date:
21 February 2020
March
09
Madin Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
9 March 2020
April
07
Bak Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
7 April 2020
April
10
Good Friday
Start date:
10 April 2020
April
13
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Start date:
13 April 2020
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2020
May
07
Vesak (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
7 May 2020
May
25
Id-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 May 2020
June
05
Poson Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
5 June 2020
July
04
Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
4 July 2020
August
01
Id Ul-Alha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 August 2020
August
03
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
3 August 2020
September
01
Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
1 September 2020
October
30
Vap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
30 October 2020
October
30
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
30 October 2020

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

November
14
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
14 November 2020
November
29
Ill Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
29 November 2020
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2020
December
29
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
Start date:
29 December 2020
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