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Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2017

Today – 18 December 2017 – is not a holiday in Sri Lanka.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

12 JanThuDuruthu Full Moon Poya Day
14 JanSatTamil Thai Pongal Day
4 FebSatNational Day
10 FebFriNavam Full Moon Poya Day
24 FebFriMahasivarathri Day
12 MarSunMadin Full Moon Poya Day
10 AprMonBak Full Moon Poya Day
13 AprThuDay prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriSinhala & Tamil New Year Day
1 MayMonMay Day
10 MayWedVesak Full Moon Poya Day
11 MayThuDay following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
8 JunThuPoson Full Moon Poya Day
26 JunMonId Ul-Fitr
8 JulSatEsala Full Moon Poya Day
7 AugMonNikini Full Moon Poya Day
2 SepSatId Ul-Alha
5 SepTueBinara Full Moon Poya Day
5 OctThuVap Full Moon Poya Day
18 OctWedDeepavali
3 NovFriIll Full Moon Poya Day
1 DecFriMilad un-Nabi
3 DecSunUnduvap Full Moon Poya Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day

Sri Lanka observes national holidays including New Year’s Day; Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad); Tamil Thai Pongal Day; National Day; Mahashivrate; Sinhala and Tamil New Year; Labour Day; Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan; Eid al-Adha Feast of Sacrifice and Christmas Day. Time off may be allowed for celebrations of national and regional festivals. As festivals are not considered official national holidays, entitlement to time off is generally at the discretion of the employer.

Sri Lanka also celebrates Full Moon Poya Days as national holidays. Every worker in Sri Lanka is entitled to a paid holiday on every Full Moon Poya Day, which amounts to 12 days per calendar year. If an employee is required to work on a Full Moon Poya Day, he or she is entitled to compensation amounting to not less than one and one-half times the normal wage. In addition, workers are entitled to paid time off for Festival holidays, usually amounting to 16 days per year.

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